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CITY O O V K II N M LI N T 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Organization of the City Government, 
JANUARY 2, 1871. 



\l>.\i'A\ , Jan. 2, 1871. 
'I he members of tbe two brunches of the City 
i mined met in the City Hall sit 10 o'clock this 
ro >miug, for the organization of ibe Government 
for the present municipal year. 

|}0 \i:l> OK A LDERME S*. 

The Board ol Aldermen was called to order at 
K) o'clock by Aid ?iin:in Cowdin, senior member, 
in service in 1853 as an Alderman. 

V message was received from the (en man Coun- 
cil informing the Board that a quorum ol members 
were present, ready to be qualified. 

The Board went into convention with the Com- 
mon Council for the qualification of members of 
the City (joverimn nt. 

ELECTION OK CHAIRMAN. 

On the return of the Hoard from convention, it 
was voted to proceed to the choice :f Chairman. 

Charles h. Jenkins was elected Chaiiman by a 
una nimous vote, reciving 11 ballots, and addressed 
the Board as follows: 

ADDRESS OK THE CHAIRMAN. 

Gentlemen of the Board of Aldermen ■ For this 
mark of respect and confidence I thank you most 

sincerely, and while distrusting my fitness lor the 
office, your flattering vote assures me that I may 
confidently rely upon your aid and indulgence. 

The duties of the nominal Chaiiman of th's 
Board have not heretofore involved any very great 
degi ee of responsibility, and it is with the desire 
that His Honor the Mayor will, during the present 
year, appoint the Committees, and continue to act 
generally as the presiding officer, that I accept 
t.,is position. 

The circumstances ender which the present mu- 
nicipal government is organized, are peculiarly 
favorable to the harmonious administration of af- 
fairs in the interests of all the citizens. The res- 
ponsible part in the government of the city as- 
signed to this branch under the statutes and ordi- 
nances requires much time and attention from 
the members. As the office has doubtless been 
accepted by each one with a full knowledge of the 
burdens it imposes, its duties should he performed 
cheerfully, and not as an irksome task. 

Let us remember, gentlemen, that the communi- 
ty m which we have 'ived and prospered has its 
claims upon us for civil service in time ct peace, 
as imperative as it has for military service in time 
of war. and that the reward for duty well per- 
formed is no iess honorable for the trie, than* the 
other. 

i.cntlcmen, 1 await your pleasure. 

(in motion of Alderman Talbot the Clerk was di- 
rected to inform the Common Council that the 
Board had organized uy the choice of Charles L'. 
Jenkins as Chairman. 

A message was received from the Common 
Council that the Council had organized by the 
choice of Matthias Rich as President, and Wash- 
ington P. Gregg as Clerk. 

On motion ol Alderman Cowdin, a message was 
sent fcp the Common Council, proposing a conven- 
tion forthwith lor the choice of a City Clerk, for 
the present municipal year. 

The Board soon alter proceeded to the Common 
Council chamber for a convention. 

Alter the election of a City Clerk, the Board re- 
turned. 

Ai lermen Pope and Talbot were joined to the 
committee to prepare joint rules for the govern- 
ment of the City Council daring the present muni- 
cipal year. 

'Ibe order of the Common Council in reference 
to printing he .Mayor's Address was concurred in. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That the members of the Board of 
Aldermen, and one member of the Common Coun- 
cil from each ward, be a committee to determine 
and pay the allowances of staie aid to the fami- 
lies Of "disabled soldiers and sailors and the 
families of the slain," persuant to the acts of the 
Legislature of this Commonwealth; ami that the 



said committee have power to employ a paymaster 
and Mich clerical assistants as maybe required lor 
tins purpose; and that the expense thereof be 
charged to the appropriation for soldiers Relief. 

i)n motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Board 
oi Aldermen of 1870, he adopted as the rules and 
orders of this Board until otherwise ord red, and 

that Aldermen be a committee to report if 

any alterations arc required therein. 

Alderman Pierce and Cowdin were constituted 
the committee. 

On motion of Alderman Pone. 

Ordered, That Mondays,4P. M.,be assigned as 
the day and hour for holding the regular weekly 
meeting of this Board, unless otherwise ordered. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting of 
three cm rhe part of the Board, with such as the 
Common Council may join, be appointed and au- 
thorized to exercise ail the powers in rclcicnce, to 
the Suffolk .street District conferred by the I ity 
Council of 1870upon the committee in said district. 

Aldermen Pope, Jenkins and Little were consii- 
the committee on the part of the Board. 

Aldermen Pierce, Little and \\ hitc were chosen 
Committee on Accounts on the part of the Board, 
receiving eleven voles each. 

Alderman White offered <i petiii -n from J. J. 
McKttrick to hold an entertainment, which was 
granted on condition that the same should be held 
under the direction of the police. 

Adjourned until Monday afternoon next, at 4 
P. M. 

CO HEM OBI OOUAt'lL. 

The Council was called to order at ten o'clock 
by Mr. Prescott Barker of Ward 0, senior member, 
a member from Ward G in 1858. 

CREDENTIALS OK MEMBERS. 

On motion of Mr. Bicknell or Ward 4, .Messrs. 
Bicknell of Ward i, Webster of Ward 6 and Winch 
of Ward 10 were appointed^ committee to receive 
cer 1 ideates of members. 

The committee reported that they had received 
the credentials of titty-one member?, and there 
were present four members without certificates. 

Mr. Say ward of Ward 16 was appointed a Com- 
mittee to inform the .Mayor and Aldeimen that a 
quorum of members of the Council were present, 
ready to be qualified. 

Mr. Sayward very soon reported that the Mayor 
and Aldermen would immediately meet the Com- 
mon Council in convention for the qualification of 
members. 

IN CONVENTION. 

The Mayor and Aldermen came in for a conven- 
tion for tire qualification of members. 

Prayer was offered by Itev. Dr. George Putnam. 

The oaths of office were administered to Hon. 
Wm. Gaston, .Mayor elect, by lion. Horace Gray, 
Jr., Associate-Justice of the' Supreme Judicial 
Court. 

The oaths of office were then administeted hy 
the Mayor to the members of each branch of the 
City Council. 

The .Mayor then delivered his inaugural ad- 
dress. 

The business of the convention having been con- 
cluded, the Mayor and Aldermen withdrew. 

ELECTION OK I*KESIDE:-.T. 

On motion of Mr. Willis of Ward !) the Council 
proceeded to the election of President. 

Messrs. Willis of Ward ;>, Flanders of Ward 5. 
and Flynn of Ward 7 were appointed a commit- 
tee to receive, sort and count the votes, and re- 
ported the result as follows: 

The whole number of votes was GO, all of which 
were for Matthias Rich of Ward 9. 

The President elect was conducted to the chair 
by Messrs. Smith of Ward 10 and Niles of Ward 6, 
and addressed the Council as follows: 
president's ADDRESS. 

Gentlemen of the Common Council: I accept with 
unfeigned diffidence the position to which your 
kindness has elevated me. Recalling in my mind 
at this time many of my predecessors in office, and 
tracing the lmportantservic.es which have insepa- 
rably associated their names with the municipal 
h I story of Boston, the review would cause me to 
h esitate before assuming the trust, administered 
by them with such signal success. But I am sus- 
alned by the belief and assurance that your conti- 
ence, already so clearly manifested in 'my behalf. 



JAN UARY 



2, 



1871 



2 



will continue to the end of tny official career; and 
that the most charitable construction will ever lie 
placed on all my acts as presiding officer of this 
body. With this thought iH view, and reiving on 
your forbearance and cooperation, 1 accept the 
honorable position which you have assigned me, 

The City Government is "the latest expression of 
the public will with respect to the policy which 
should control in, local affa'us. A municipality in- 
cluding a population of 250,000 persons, cannot be 
conducted with real economy except upon a liasis 
sufficiently comprehensive to embrace the futuie 
as well as the present interests of the people within 
its limits. Assiduously avoiding all wasteful ex- 
penditures, vet ever ready to advance every just 
and well considered plan for tha improvement of 
the business facilities of our city, let us firmly 
resolve that the year upon which we are now 
entering shall lie a memorable one for faith- 
fulness and devotion to the public good. on the 
part of this Council. 

ELECTION OF CLERK. 

On motion of Mr. Kobbinsof Ward 8 it was voted 
to proceed to the election of Clerk of the Common 
Council. 

.Messrs. Robbins of Ward 8, Sayward of Ward 16, 
and Prescott of Ward 9 were "appointed a com- 
mittee to receive, sort and count the votes for 
Clerk. 

1 he committee reported the whole number of 
votes to be 53, all of which were for Washington P. 
Gregg. 

The oaths of office were then administered to 
the Clerk by John P. Healy, City Solicitor. 

On motion of Mr. Aver of Ward 15, Mr. Ayer was 
appointed a committee to inform the Hoard of Al- 
dermen of the organization of the Common Coun- 
cil. 

A message was received lroin the Board of Al- 
dermen, informing the Council of the organization 
of the Board. 

The Council concurred in the proposition for a 
convention for the election of City Clerk. 

ELECTION OF CITY CLERK. 

The Mayor and Aldermen came in for a conven- 
tion for the election of City Clerk. 

Alderman White and Messrs. Gragg of Ward 14 
and Pope of Ward 16 were appointed a committee 
to receive, sort and count the votes for City Clerk. 

The committee reported the whole number of 
votes to be 71, the whole number of which were 
for Samuel F. McCleary. 

The oaths of office were administered to the City 
Clerk by the Mayor. 

The convention was then dissolved, and the 
Mayor and Aldermen withdrew. 

RULES AND ORDERS. 

On motion of Mr. Willis of Ward !>. 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Com- 
mon Council of 1870 be adopted as the Kules and 
Orders of the Common Council until orherwise or- 
dered. 

On motion of Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, 

Ordered, That a committee of three be appoint- 
ed to prepare Kules and Orders for the Common 
Council. 

Messrs. Flynn of Ward 7, Bicknell of Ward 4, 
andBradtof Ward 14 were appointed said com- 
mittee. 



On motion of Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, 

Ordered, Thar, a committee of three on the part 
of the Common Council be appointed, with such 
as the Board of Aldermen may join, to prepare 
rules and orders tor the government of the City 
Council during the present municipal year. 

.Messrs. Flynn of Ward 7, Smith of Ward 10 and 
Grasrg of Ward 14, were appointed the committee. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Pond, of Ward 3, 

Ordered, That the Clerk of the Council be au- 
thorized to prepare and cause to be printed a 
tianscri./t of the journal of the Council for the 
current municipal year. 

On motion of Mr. liobbins of Ward 8, 

Ordered, That the Municipal Uegister be printed 
under the direction of the Joint Committee on 
Kules and Orders, who may employ such assist- 
ance as may be deemed desirable. 

On motion ol Mr. Moves of Ward 5, 

Ordered, That Thursday evening next, 8 o'clock, 
be assigned tor the choice of Committee on Ac- 
counts. 

Messrs. Noyes of Ward 5, Hull of Ward 4. and 
Faxon of Ward 14 were appointed a committee to 
nominate candidates for said committee. 

On motion of Mr. Flanders ol Ward 5, 

Ordered, That Thursday evening next, 8>£ o'clock, 
be assigned for choice of Committee of Finance on 
the part of the Council. 

Messrs. danders of Ward 5, Robbing of Ward 8, 
and Webster of Ward 6 were appointed a commit- 
tee to select candidates for said committee. 

On motion of Mr. Smith of Ward 10, 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be requested 
to furnish a copy of his inaugural address, that the 
same may be printed. 

On motion of Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That Thursday evenings, 7>< o'clock, 
be the day and hour for the meetings of the Coun- 
cil until otherwise ordered. 

On motion of Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8, 

Otdered, That the Joint Standing Committees be 
directed to resume the unfinished' business of last 
year, which is appropriate to said several commit- 
tees. 

COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS. 

The President appointed as the Committee on 
Elections Messrs. Miles of Ward 6, Ryan of Ward 
15, Bonner of Ward 2, Pope of Ward 16 and Emery 
of Ward 10. 

CONTESTING OF SEATS. 

A petition was received from John A. Holland 
and others, contesting the seats of the sitting 
members from Ward 5, and asking for a recount of 
votes. 

A communication was received from Henry W, 
Folev, asking for a recount of votes in Ward 5, be- 
lieving that on a correct count he was elected a 
member of the Council. 

A petition was presented from Chatles D. Bick- 
ford, asking for a recount of the votes in Ward 15, 
in the belief that he was elected a member of the 
Council from that ward. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Elec- 
tions. 

The members proceeded to draw their seats. 

Adjourned to Thursday evening next, 7>£ o'clock. 



C O M M < > x cor NCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

JANUAKV 5, 1871. 



Tbe first regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council for the present year, was held this even- 
ing, Matthias Kich, the President, in the chair. 

Messrs. Huberts and Patch of Ward 11, and 

Brooks of Ward i, members elect, were conducted 
to the .Mayor to be qualified, when thev took their 
seats. 

"'APEBS FBOM TIIK BOARD OF ALHEU.MEN. 

Committees were appointed in concurrence, as 
follows: 

Suffolk street District— Mes <rs. Squires of Ward 
8, Dolaiiiof Waid 13, Smi.h of Ward 10, Noyes of 
WardS. and Prescott of Ward 9, were Joined to 
the Committee on the Suffolk Street District. 

( oiiimittee on Stale Aid— Ward 1, Barnes; 2, 
Cunningham; 3, Jacobs; 4. Hull; 5, Foye; o, Per- 
kins; 7, MeOcvitt; 8, Loug; 9, Prescott; 10, Smith; 
11, Huberts; 12, Woods ; 13, Kyan; 14, Gragg; 15, 
Decatur (afterwards changed to BickforU); 16 
Burt. 

COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5, from the special commit- 
tee appointed to nominate candidates for the 
Standing Committee on Accounts on the part of 
tne Common Council, made n report recommend- 
ing the election of the following-named persons: 

Wm. M. Flanders, Stephen K. Niles, ffm.E. 
Bicknell, Edmund B. Vannevar. Calvin it. Winch. 

J he election was taken up, by assignment, when 
Messrs. Flanders and Vannevar received 63 votss 
each and the others 02 each, the whole number be- 
ing 04. 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, from the special cm- 

mitice appointed to nominate candidates lor a 
Standing Committee on Finance, made a report, 
recommending the election of the following-named 
I ersons: Win. Pope, Herman D. Bradt, Johns 
Moulton, Prescott Barker, Adams Aver, David L. 
\\ ebster, Edward J. Long. 

The election was taken up by assignment, when 
Mr. Long received 00 votes. .Mr. Weuster 62, and 
each of the others 03, scatterings. 

CONTESTED ELECTIONS. 

Mr. Niles of \\ aid 6, from the ( omniittee of tbe 
Common Council on Flections, to wliotu were re- 
ferred the notifications from Henry W. Foley and 
John A. Holland, contesting the right of the per- 
sons who received certificates of election as mem- 
bers of tne Common Council from Ward 5 to hold 
the seats which they now occupy, and asking ior a 
recount of the ballots cast for Councllmen at Jie 
last municipal election, in said ward, submitted 
the following report: 

Tbe committee obtained from the Citv Clerk the 
sealed box containing all the ballots cast at the 
election in Ward 5 on the 12th December last, and 
having opened the same, found in addition to the 
ballots which had been counted by tqe ward offi- 
cers, a sealed package, to which reference was 
made by a certificate on the cover of the box, as 

follows: 

Boston, Dec. 12, 1870. 
This box contains in addition to the recorded 
votes, a package of votes taken from tbe ballot 
boxes, which appeared to us to have been illegally 
placed there. 

D. A. FlNNEGAN-, 

Warden pro tem. 
The committee first counted the votes returned 
as recorded, and afterwards opened the sealed 
package and counted those contained therein 
The result of the recounting was as follows: 

Recorded. Not counted. Total 

Wm. M. Flanders 471 19 490 

Amos L. Noyes 510 22 5:12 

John W. Fove 433 31 484 

Henry V. Stone 462 13 4/5 

Henry W. Foley 401 14 415 

Jamos S. Carey 3t>7 15 402 

E. A. Galbraith 347 39 3S6 

John Quinn 36s. \a 3^4 

There were also for C. A. Spring, C. G. Nazro, 2 
each, Joseph A. Haines, 1. 

It appears from the foregoing statement, that 
the result is not changed, even if the votes rejected 



I. v the ward officers are included. There is, how- 
ever, a very wide discrepancy between tbe pub- 
lished returns Of tbe ward officers and the com- 
mittee's count of the recorded votes. The same 
discrepancy was found by the committee of the 
Board of Aldermen of last year, in their recount 
of the v >tes for Mayor, Aldermen and street Com- 
missioners 

The gross carelessness of the ward officers in re- 
ceiving the ballots and in making up their returns 
was severely commented upon by that committee 
in their report printed in City Document, No. 117. 
As the petitions referred to us ask simply for a 
recount of the votes, and do not allege Fraud in 
the election, the committee do not feel nailed, upon 
under the circumstances to do anything more than 
report the facts, leaving the Council to take such 
action thereon as may be deemed expedient, or 
necessary to preserve thepuiityol elections here- 
after. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr. Niles, from the same comnrttee to whom 
was referred tbe petition of Charles D. Bickford 
for a lecouut of the votes cast at the late election 
for members of the Common Council in Ward 15, 
made a report that Ihey had carefully recounted 
the votes, and find the result to be as follows: 

Alfred H. Ferry 625 

Everett C. Kingsbury 588 

James Devine 57 < 

Charles D. Bickford 567 

George M. llobbs 54. 

Patrick H. Rogeis 511 

George W. Decatur 510 

Pierepont fcdwards 4E6 

D. W. (Hidden ili 

h. K. Thomas 1U3 

Scattering J 

It appeared I y these returns that A. H. Perry 
F. C. Kingsbury, James Devine and Cbas. D. 
Bickford received the highest vumber of votes 
cast, and are elected, and that Geo. W. Decatur, 
who received a certificate of election and now oc- 
cupies a seat in tbe Common Council, was not 
elected. The committee, therefore, recommended 
the passage of the following resolution : 

Whereas. It appears from a recount of the orig- 
inal ballots cast at the last municipal election in 
Ward 15, that Charles D. Bickford was elected a 
member of tbe Common Council from said ward 
in place of George W. Decatur, who received a 
certificate of election. 

Kcsolved, That Charles D. Bickford is entitled to 
tbe seat in this Board now occupied by George W. 
Decatur. 

The report was accented and the resolution was 
passed. 

Mr. Bickford was conducted to the Mayor by Mr. 
Barnes of Ward 1, to be qualified, and on his re- 
turn took the seat vacated by Mr. Decatur, and 
was appointed on the Committee on state Aid to 
succeed him. 

REPORT OIT RULES AND OBDEBS. 

-Air. Flvnn of Ward 7, from the soecia] commit- 
tee appointed to prepare rules and orders for the 
government of the Council during the ensuing 
year, preserted a report recommeuding tbe pas- 
sage of the following order: 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Com- 
mon Council of 1870 be adopted as the rules and 
orders of the present Council, with the following 
amendments, viz. • Strike out section 39 and insert 
in place thereof tbe following: 

Section 3!) — Standing Committees on Elections, 
Police, Health, Paving, Armories and Military 
Affairs shall ie appointed at the beginning of the 
municipal year, and shall consist of hve membeis 
each. 

Insert in section 47, after the number of said 
section, the following: "All nominations of offi- 
cers, to be elected by ballot, shall lie over for one 
week after being reported, before action is taken." 

The order was passed. 

JOINT RILES AND ORDERS. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, from tbe joint special 
committee appointed to prepare rules and orders 
for the government of the City Council, during Ibe 
ensuing year, made a report recommending the 
passage of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That the rule's and orders of the last 
City Council be adopted as the rules and orders of 
the present City Council, with the following amend- 
ments, namely: 

Insert in the first section, after the paragraph 
relating to the Committee on the Fire Department, 
the following: 

"A Committee on Laying out and Widening 
Streets, to consist of three Aldermen and hve 
members of the Common Council.'" 



JANUARY 



5, 18 7 1 



"A Committee on Mount Hofie Cemetery, to con- 
sist of two Alderuieu ana luree members of the 
Common Council.". 

Strike out in said first section the paragraph 
relating to a Committee on the Reduction of the 
City Debt. 

Add the following as a new section : 

"Section 15. No joint standing, special or other 
committee of the City Government shall have the 
power to make any expenditure from the appro- 
] nations by the City liovoinment for intoxicating 
drinks, when the sameareto lie used as a bever- 
age." 

Ihe report was considered, on i.s acceptance. 

.Mr. Flynn said he was unable to agiee with his 
colleagues in relation to the new section proposed, 
but to carry out (be ideas proposed under the 
reform City Government he would move to amend 
by adding the words "refreshments or ' before "in- 
toxicating drinks." 

Mr. Smith ol Ward 10 said he was not an ex- 
treme man in regard to the use ot liquor, but he 
was m lavor of this section for the reason that 
when wines or liquors were drunk, there were 
large quantities paid for which were not con- 
sumed, making at least thirty-three per cent, lost 
in this way. ihe olijecti >n was to expensive din- 
ners at the cost of the city. v\ ben he had dinners 
with committees, he did not wish any more expen- 
sive dinners than be would pay f.»r himself. 

This amendment, .Mr. Smith said, he believed 
was got up for effect. He wished the question to 
be taken on its merits, and he should favor the 
adoption of this rule. 

Mr. Plynn said he did not wish to eat any din- 
ners at the cost of $6 nor ol $1 50 at the expense 
of the city, and he thought he could go through 
the year without such dinners, and when on busi- 
ness with a committee, to go to his own home. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 moved to strike out 
the words "when the same art to be used as a bev- 
erage." 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 opposed the adoption of the 
section as wrong in principle, and not iu accord- 
ance with good policy. He was willing to put 
himself under bonds not to drink any liquor at the 
expense of the city, but this would be looked upon 
as for political erleet, that the City Government 
had ill at once become moral and economical. It 
would be better to leave it to the good judgment 
of the members what they should eat or drink and 
it would make no difference at the end of the year. 
He did not doubt that tnere had been abuses in 
th ; s respect. 

Mr. Hull moved t<> lav tv>e section on the table, 
ch inged tiually to striking it out. 

ihe motion to strike out was carried by a vote 
of 44 yeas to 20 nays, as follows : 

leas - .Messrs. Advms, Barnes. Bicknell, Bonner, 
Bradt, Brennan, Bi-ooks, Bickford, Burt, Clatur, 
Devine, Dolan, Emery, Faxon, Flanders, Flynn, 
Foye, Gragg, Hersey, Hull, Kingsbury, Long, 
iMoulton, Mullane, Niles, ISoyes, O'Connor, Perry, 
Pond, Pope, Rich, Robbins, Roberts, Rcbertson, 
Kowe, Kyan, salmon, Sayward, J. Smith, stone, 
Taylor, Vannevar, Winch, Woods — 44. 

Nays— Messrs. Ayer, Barker, Brown, Cunning- 
ham, Dickinson, Jacobs, Kendall, l.ocke, McDevitt, 
O Brien, Patch, Pease, Perkins, Prescott, Robin- 
son, W. J. Smith, Squires, Webster, West, Willis — 
20. 

The report was accepted, and the rules and or- 
ders, as amended, were adopted. 

COMMITTEES TO NOMil-iATE PUBLIC OFFICERS. 

Committees we~e appointed as follows, to be 
joined by the Board of Aldermen, for the nomina- 
tion of candidates for the offices named : 

On nomination of Superintendent of Streets — 
Bradt of Ward 14, Willis of Ward 9, Devine of 
Ward 15. 

On nomination of a Superintendent of Sewers — 
Adams of Ward 12, Rowe of Ward 10, O'Connor of 
Ward 7. 

On Nomination of a Superintendent of Health — 
Clatur of Ward 4, Kingsbury of Ward 15, Hersey 
of Ward 12. 

On nomination of Trustees of the Public Library 
— Patch of Ward 11, Bonner of Ward 2, Adams of 
Ward 12. 

On nomination of Board of Directors for Public 
Insiitutions— Pond of Ward 3, Bit. knell of Ward 4, 
Buit of Ward 16. 

On nomination of a Water Board — Vannevar of 
Ward *, Faxon of Ward 14, Taylor of Ward 2. 

On nomination of Trustees ot Mount Hope Cem- 
etery—O'Brien of Ward 7, Pease of Ward 1, Bick- 
nell ot Ward 4. 

On nomination of Directors of Fast Boston Fer- 



ries— Bradt of Ward 14, Barnes of Ward 1, McDev- 
itt of W r aid 7. 

On nomination of Superintendents of Bridges- 
Brooks of Ward ', O'Connor of Ward 7, Vannevar 
of Ward 8. 

On nomination of Trustees of City Hospital— 
No> es ol Ward 5, Dickinson of Ward 1 1 , Emery of 
Ward 10. 

On nomination of Superintendent ot Public 
Buildings — Woods of Ward 12, Dolan of Ward 13, 
Robinson of Ward 11. 

On nomination of Ballast Inspectors — McDevitt 
of Ward ~. Smith of Ward 1, Roberts of Ward II. 

On nomination of City Engineer— Patch of Ward 

11, Hersey of Ward 12, Bickford of Ward 15. 

On nomination of Superintendent on Common 
and Squares— Winch of Waid 10, Brooks of Ward 
1, Grngg of Ward 14. 

On nomination of Superintendent of Fire Alarms 

Hersey of Ward 12, Vannevar of Ward 8, Burt 

of Ward 16. 

On nomination of a City Physician— Persins of 
Ward 6, Bonner of Ward 2, Pope of Ward 16. 

On noniiiiarion of a Harbjr Master— Ro' bins of 
Ward 8, Prescott of Ward 9, Barnes of Ward 1. 

On nomination of a Chief aim Assistant Engineers 
of the l<ire D-partuient— Wardl. Barnes; 2, Brown; 
3, Kendall; 4, Hull; 5, Flanders; 6. Mies; 7, Flynn; 
8, Vannevar; 9, Willis; 10, Winch; 11, Robinson; 

12, Locke; 13, Dolan; 14, Bradt; 15, Kingsbury; 10, 
Burt. 

On motion of Mr. Squires of Ward 8, Messrs. 
Squires, Dickinson of Ward 11, and Flanders of 
Ward 5, with such as the Board of Aldermen may 
join, were appointed a committee to leport what 
disposition should be made of the topics in the 
Mayoi's inaugural address. 

On motion of Mr. Vannever of Ward 8, Messrs. 
Vamiiver, Pope of Ward 10. and My"fcn of Ward 7, 
with such as the board of Aldermen may join, were 
appointed a committee to prepare and submit to 
the City Council a Salary bill Tor the ensuing year. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

A petition was presented from John O. Hollis 
and others, express'ng their belief of irregulari- 
ties in receiving, sorting and counting the votes 
in Ward 2 at the municipal election, and asking 
for a recount of the same. 

A petition was also presented from Charles O. 
Bmrill, claiming an election from Ward 6, with a 
design to contest the right of the persons who 
have received a certificate of election. Also, a pe- 
tition from David Dowd for a recount of the votes 
csst in Ward 13. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Elec- 
tions. 

A petition from R. A. Durkee, to be paid for per- 
sonal injuries, was referred to the Committee on 
Claims. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 offered an order that the 
Mayor be requested to aopoint the members of the 
Common Council special police officers without 
j.av, and that a committee of three be appointed 
to prepare suitable badges for the new members, to 
be charged to tbe appropriation for Incidental Ex- 
penses. 

Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7 moved to strikeout so 
muchot the order as related to new members, wish- 
ing to know whit advantage it would be to have a 
badge of 1870. 

.Mr. Smith opposed the amendment, believing 
that the badges of tbe old members were sufficient, 
and there was no occasion of multiplying them to 
stow away. The expense of $18 for new ones 
could vvell be saved. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 was of the opinion that the 
whole expense could be saved. It was one of that 
class of expenditures that should not be tolerated. 
There was no occasion for the appointment of the 
members as special police officers ; he did not wish 
for such an appointment, nor for the badge, and 
moved to lay the order on the table. 

The motion was carried by a vote of 37 yeas to 
22 najR, as follows: 

Yeas— Aver, Barker, Barnes, Bicknell, Bradt, 
Brennan, 'Brooks, Brown, Clatur, Cunningham, 
Dickinson, Emerv, Flvnn, Foye, Gragg, Hersey, 
Hull, Kingsburv, bong, Mullaie, Noyes, O'Brien, 
O'Connor, Patch, Perkins. Perry, Prescott,. Robin- 
son, Rowe. Ryan, Sayward, James Smith, Squires, 
Stone, Webster, West, Wincb-37. 

Navs— Adams, Bonner, Burt, Bickford, Devine, 
Dolan. Faxon. Jacobs, Kendall, l.ocke, McDevitt, 
Nile", Pease, Bobbins, Roberts, Robertson, salmon, 
Wm. J. Smith, Taylor, Vannevar, Willis, Woods— 
22. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 9, 187L 



The first regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen for the year was held this alternoon at 
four o'clock, Mayor Gaston presiding. 
JURORS DRAWN. 

Twelve traverse jurors were drawn for the Supe- 
rior Court, Second Session. 

PAVERS PROM THK COMMON COUNCIL. 

The report of Committee on Joint Kules and Or- 
ders was adopted, in concurrence. The following 
orders were passed, in concurrence: 

Order to print .Municipal Kegister. Order for 
Joint Committees to resume unfinished business. 

The Mayor and Chairman of the Board, ex-officiis, 
were joined to the Committee on Finance. 

Com in hits Joined. The following-i.amed com- 
mittees were joineu to the Committees of the Coun- 
cil on the nou inations of Hoards and Heads of 
Departments. 

.Directors for East Boston Ferries— VVoolley and 
Kicker. 

Directors for Public Institutions — Jenkins and 
1'lumer. 

Trustees for City Hospital— Plumer and Cowdin. 

Trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery— White and 
Talbot. 

Trustees of Public Library— Little and Jenkins. 

Cochituate Water Board— Pierce ami Gibson. 

superintendent ot Streets — Puree and Bicker. 

Superintendent of Public Buildings— Jenkins 
and I'ope. 

Superintendent of Health— Little and White. 

Superintendent of Fire Alarms — VVoolley and 
Bicker. 

Superintendent of Sewers — I'ope and Pierce. 

superintendent of Bridges — Cutter and Talbot. 

Superintendent of Common, etc. — Plumer and 
Little. 

City Physician — Cowdin and Bicker. 

City Engineer — Woolley and Cowdin. 

Harbor Master — Pierce and Gibson. 

Weighers and Inspectors of Lighters — Cutter 
and Talbot. 

Engineers of Fire Department — Whole Board 
of Aldermen. 

Salary Bill — Woolley and Plumer. 

Mayor's Address — Plumer and Cowdin. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Kules 
anil Orders, made a report recommending the 
adoption of the following order: 

Ordered, That the rules and orders of the Board 
of Aldermen for the year 1870 be adopted as the 
rules and orders of this Board, with the following 
amendments, viz. : 

Strike out the nth section, and insert in 
place thereof the following: 

Sec. 11. When a vote has been passed, it shall 
be in order for any member to move a reconsidera- 
tion thereof at the same meeting; or he may give 
notice to the Clerk within twenty-four bours of 
the adjournment, of his intention to move a re- 
consideration at the next meeting, in which case 
the Clerk shall retain possession of the papers 
until the next meeting; and when a motion for re- 
consideration is decided that vote shall not be 
reconsidered." 

Strike out in the eighth line of the 23d section the 
words "Assessors' Department;" also in the ninth 
line of said section the words "Common and Pub- 
lic Squares ;" also in the eleventh and twelfth lines 
of said section the words "Fire Department, Fer- 
ries;" also in the thirteenth line of said section the 
words "Laying uu. and widening streets." 

The rules and orders, as amended, were adopted- 

The Mayor announced the standing C< minittees 
and Joint Standing Committees, as follows: 

STANDING ( OM .11 II TK 1- s 

Armories and Military A flairs— Cowdin, White 
and Talbot. 
Bridges— Cutter, Gibson and Cowdin. 
Cemeteries— White, Pope and Woolley. 
County Accounts— Little, Cowdin and Cutter. 
Faneuil Hall— Jenk ns, Gibson and Cutter. 
Health— Little, White and Plumer. 
Jail— Cutter, I'ope and Talbot 



Lamps, Bells and Clocks— Kickev, Woolley and 

Pope. 

Licenses— White, Cowdin and Bicker. 
.Market, Weights and Measures— Gibson, Plumer 
and Talbot. 
Paving— Pierce, Cowdin and Gibson. 
Police— 'iibson, Jenkins and Pope. 
Steam Engines— Cowdin, Pope and Woolley. 
Sewers— Pope, Jenkins and Pierce. 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Assessors' Department— Kicker, Plumer and 
Cutter. 

Bathing— Woolley, White and Kicker. 

Claims— Pierce, Talbot and White. 

Common and Public Grounds— Little, Plumer 
and Talbot. 

East Bosto'.-i Ferries — Woolley, Gibson and 
Bicker. 

Engineers' Department— Talbot and Woolley. 

Fire Alarms — v\ oolley and Kicker. 

Jfire D?partment — Plumer, Gibson and Cowdin. 

Harbor — I'ierce and Cowdin. 

City Hospital— White and Plumrr. 

Institutions at South Boston ai.d Deer Island — 
Jenkins, Gibson and Cutter. 

Legislative .Matters— Pierce and Little. 

Ordinances— Culter, Pmmer aud Woo.ley. 

Overseers of the Poor— Talbot and Kicker. 

Public Buildings— Jenkins, Gibson and Little. 

Public Instruction— Kicker, White aud Pluiner. 

Public Library— 1'lumer, Bicker and Jenkins. 

Printing — Talbot and Pierce. 

Surveyors' Department— White and Plumer. 

Treasuiy Department— Cowdin and Little. 

Water — I'ierce, Pope and Jenkins. 

Mount Hope Cemetery— Talbot and Cuttsr. 

Fuel — Woolley and Jenkins. 

Streets— Jenkins, White and Little. 

Public Lands— Cuiter and Talbot. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Treasurer of the Social Law Library for the 
usual appropriation for that object. Keferred to 
the Committee on County Accounts. 

James A. Ko«s, for leave to build a stable for 
twelve horses on wharf at corner of Albany and 
Dover streets. 

George McDonnell, for leave to keep fowls at 77 
Seventh street. 

Kobert S. Kodine and others, that a bureau of 
vaccination be established at the City Hospital. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

Jur./is of SuffolK countv, for better accommoda- 
tions iu the Court House. Keferred to the Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings ou part of this Board. 

Thos. E. Drake and wife, for change of grade in 
Trumbull street 

Jevvett & Pitc'jer, for foot bridge acrcss Glendon 
street. 

.Naylor& Co., for leave to lay a four-inch pipe 
in Dorchester avenue at the Norway Iron Works. 
Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

John P. i'readwell, for leave to erect a wooden 
building beyond the legal limits on Gold street, 
Ward 7. Keferred to Committee on File Depart- 
ment. 

Frye, Phipps & Co., for gaslight in Leather 
square, near its junction with Channing street. 
Keferred to Committee on Lamps. 

Sarah A. Noyes, to be allowed compensation on 
account of the decease of her husband, a member 
of the Police Department. 

Alfred Desgrandschamps, in behalf of Amelia 
Desgrandschamps, to be paid for personal injuries 
sustained in Boylston square. 

Severally referred to Committee on Claims. 

M. T. Dole, for leave to give Sunday school exhi- 
bitions at Eliot Hall, on Sunday evenings. 

George Kooke, for leave to hold variety enter- 
tainments. 

Wm. Trainer, Jr., for a license as an innholder. 

Edward Fitzgerald, for leave to give a concert at 
tha Opera House, Washington stieet, Jan. 9. 

George B. Ford, for leave to give a series of 
Sunday evening readings at Fraternity Hall. 

Severally referred to theComrnittee'ou Licenses. 

E. A. Knowlton, for leave to construct a bow 
window, Mo. 13 South Kussell street. 

Keferred to the Committee on Paving. 

AUDITOR'S MONTHLY EXHIBIT. 

The monthly exhibit of the Auditor was pre- 
sented in print, it being an exhibit of the general 
and special appropriations for the present tinan- 
ciaJ year of 1870 71, as shown in the books in his 



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JANUARY 9, 1871 



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office, January 1. 1871, including; the January 
draft, being nine month*' payments of the finan- 
cial year,— exhibiting the original appropriations, 
the amount expendeu, and the balance of each un- 
expended at that date. A recapitulation gives 
the following result: 

Appropria- " 
tions, Kev- 
li enues, etc. 

General i . .$UI, 163.414 4H 

Specie! -...•.,.. 6,35f>,S3tf 37 



•OExpeEded. Un'xp'nd'd. 



$6,^7 1, h2!) 36 
f 3,l44,xa0 o.l 



$3,2»1,7S5 10 
8,314,1)1,7 ?S 



$»6,$Ji,?52 ..S*V,&»i8lU,459 85 $6,605,792^8 
ximvAiu f EPORTS. 

Annual reports were made from the several de- 
partments, as follows - : 

REPORT. OF THIi CHIEF OF POLICE, 

The Chief oi Police, in the introduction of his 
report, gives a history of the stations, the force 
employed, boundaries of districts, &c, with the 
acres oi'-territoiy embraced in the districts, the 
nuumer of public Uiiluiugs, families, inhabitants, 
Ac. 

Ihe estimated expenditures for 1870 amounted 
to $605,000, from wlncii tjbere, was deducted bv the 
City C6uuoir$o0,000, leaving $575,000. Attbecom- 
mencemeiit of the year tire force numbeied 443 
officers; four ha,ve uiei', 30 have retired from office 
ami 71 new uieu, have been appointed, making the 
number oi the force 500. vjtfee estimate was for 
49S. This force consists of the Chief, Deputy 
Chief, '4 clerks and 1 messenger at Chiefs 
office, superintendents, 4 assistant super- 
intendents, . watchmen at City Hall, 1 mes- 
senger at city Prison, 10 captains, '24 lieuten- 
ania, 20 sergeants, 1118, day patrolmen, 15 street 
comer detail, 203 "night patrol, 18 boatmen and 1 
police constable. 

the exnenditiires not in the estimates amounted 
to $10,130, oi wluch >5t)00 was for tbe new police 
telegraph. This-, n* an additional appropriation, 
wirli the former ^estimate , makes an- amount of 
$615,000. Ihe actual expenditures have amounted 
to $585.o:io. The extra work done for other de- 
partments, amounted, at #3 per day, to $10,275. 

id'tjortf ,\>j tSujifriuHinltiita. Committed to the 
City Prison by the Police, 12.802; by State Consta- 
bles, 203; by other officers, li;0. The Superintend- 
Rut suggests a better provision tor the insane, and 
recommends an improvement in the ventilation of 
the prison. 

The Superintendent of Hacks reports the num- 
ber of licensed hacks to be 520, and it is hoped the 
regulations of the city. w. 11 be applied to the Dor- 
chester District without delay. 

The superintender-t of Wagons reports the num- 
ber of licenses granted during the year 2794; an 
increase of. 153 over the previous year. The num- 
ber transferred was 399; revoked, 2; minors 
licensed to dri\e, 24. Twenty-live truuks and bun- 
dles reported to have been lost have been recov- 
ered and restored to their owners. 

Ihe superintendent ot Licenses reports as re- 
ceipts on 210 applications for licenses the sum of 
tf 875, which was paid, to the City Clerk. Ninety- 
six complaints against intelligence offices and 
twentyrtive against dollar firms have been investi- 
gated, several of which have given up the busi- 
ness and left the city; $230 have been collected 
and paid to the rightful owners; in complaints 
and suits for fraud, $0418 have been collected and 
refunded. 

The superintendent of Pawnbrokers reports the 
recovery of $1552 in value of stolen property re- 
covered. Number of pawnbrokers, 54; licensed 
junk dealers, 202. 

There, have been granted 1423 building permits; 
of which i063 have been cancelled, ten revoked, 
and two prosecutions for violation of permits. 

JiiuUiitti/ im/iroreiiients. the buildings erected, 
were as follows in- the several police districts: 
Mo. 1,50 brick buildings,- $732,000; 17 wood do., 
$47,500-total value, $77:1,500. No. 2, 15 stone build- 
ings, $990,0u0; 8 brick. $154,000; 1 wood, $1500— 
total, $1,145,000. No. 3, 30 brick, $081,000; 8 wood, 
$14,900 -total, $696,000. No. 4, 25 stone, si, 132,000; 
115 brick, $2,126,000; 12 wood. $31,0u0— total, «3,- 
289,000. Mo. 5,12 stone, $280,000 ; 202 bricK, $2,157,- 
,300; 43 wood, $86,600— total, $2,522,900. Mo. 6,134 
brick, $959,450; 434 wood, $1 279,400-total, $2,238,- 
850. No. 7, 20 nrick, $134,500; 164 wood, $396,200— 
total, $530,700. Mo. 8, 5 brick, $71,000. Mo. 9,2 
.stone, $19,000; 55 brick, $430,000; 105 wood, $413,- 
'300 -total, $862,300. Mo. 10, 90 brick, $814,000; 137 
wood, $453,700— total, $1,267,700. Mo. 11. 4 brick. 
$38,000; 281 wood, $1,036,900— Dotal, $1,Q74,900. The 



whole number was : 54 of stone, 713 of brick, and 
1202 of wood, making a total of 1969, and in value 
of $14,479,450. 

The number of stores in the liquor trade in the 
city was 2584— of which in district 1 there were 457; 
2. 243; 3, 281 ; 4. 383; 5, 249; 6, 392; 7, 180; 8, 48; 9, 
92; 10,212; 11,34; for the sale of liquor only, 975; 
lagei bier, 67. 

The number of houses of ill fame is 114; assigna- 
tion only, 46; houses with girls, 68; number of 
girls, 242. 3 - 

fhe number of gaining establishments is as fol- 
ifews: cards and'props, 3; billiards, 80; bowling, 
16-;:, bagatelle. 16-; shooting galleries, 2. 

"Public -Iraevh Tables are given showing state- 
ments ol public travel- through various streets in 
the city;'between-8 A. M. and 6 P. 31. 19th Movem- 
beT",j870; also' Tables 'showing tbe incoming and 
outgoing passergers by steam cars and hoise cars 
on tbe l^th November. At the corner of Tremont 
and Bronifiekl streets there passed "3410 teams, 
56,400 persons, 1860 horse cais, 36,227 passengers; 
at corner of Boylston street 3608 teams and 1478 
horse cars; corner of Washington and Dover 
streets 4105 teams. 28,340 peisoris, 1140 horse cars, 
and 24,181 passengers; on Washington street, at 
school streeft, 63,060 persons passeu ; Hanover and 
Blackstone- ? treets, 3658 teams, 32,927 persons; 
Haymarket square, 4387 teams; Commercial, at 
Fleet street, 17,502 persons; Court street and lio.v- 
doin square, 2323 teams, 34,903 persons, 1307 horse 
cars, 25,734 passengers. 

There were on "the 19th of November, on the 
eight railroads, 191 trains out, and the same num- 
ber in, taking out 35,049 passengers, ami bringing 
in 34,269 passengers, or. the Jvist Boston ferries, 
there were 1400 teams easty "3800 passengers, ana 
west 12C0 teams and 3200 passengers; on the new 
ferry, 700 teams and 2500 passengers east, and 600 
teams and 2000 passengers- vest; on the Chelsea; 
ferry 310 teams and 4700 passengers east, and 310 
teams and 4300 passengers west." 

Ob the 12tu Of November a count was tak->n be- 
tween the hours of.4and 12 P. ii . of the nuumer 
cars, trams, and passengers out of the city, be- 
lieved to -represent! substanfially tbe num'.er of 
persons doing businessin Boston who reside out 
of the city. . : 

The number of steam- trains was 86; passengers 
m cars, 24,480; horse cars, 443; passengers in horse 
curs, 12,14?; pleasure carriages. 1279; passengers 
in carriages, 2620; merchandise teams, 2004; pas- 
sengers in such teams, 2389; foot passengers 10,070 
— making a total of trains, cars and team9 of 3812, 
and of persons, 51.706. Of these passengers, there 



Mills Bridge,-727; Milldam road, 405. 

Sta'is its f Crime, &c. Arrests, 23,858; males, 
18,223; females, 5635; Americans. 6777; foreigners, 
17,081; non-residents, 4834; minors, 4564; commit- 
ments, 16,583. 

The number of lodgeis was 30,730; males, 26,- 
270; females; 4480; Americans, 11,612; foreigners, 
19,118; non-residents, 24,771 ; niiuors, 4801. 
■ The amount of property, taken from prisoners 
and lodgers and restored, as per receqits, was 
$23,227 88; amount of property reported stolen. 
$94,020 96; do. recovered, $75,162 78; lines im- 
posed, $49,998; aggregate amount of imprison- 
ment,- 1247 years 1 month ; days spent Lu court, 10,- 
513; witness fees earned, $13,576 11; larcenies re- 
ported on stations, 2101 ; arrests for same, 1401. 

The principal offences lor which arrests were 
made, were as follows: Adultery, 25; assault mm 
battery, 1804; feloui'ous assault, 126; assault on 
officers, 38; attempt to break and enter, 12; 
attsmpt to rescue prisoners, 22; breaking and 
entering, 210; common dninkaids, 556; disorderly, 
3014; urunkenness, 10,996; disturbing the peace, 
402; gambling, 45; gaming on Lord's Day, &j ; idle 
and disordeily, 127;- keeping houses of ill fame, 
109; " 



in 
ber 



9: simple larceny, 1052; larceu'v felonious, 440; 

alicious mischief, 218; night walking, 329; rob- 

sry, 75; stubborn children, 83; suspicion of lar- 
ceny, 323; supicious persons, 1310; truancy, 231 ; 
vagrancy, 268; violation of city ordinance's, 360; 
violation of Sunday law, 94; murder, 21. 

A comparison or arrests for four years is given, 
which shows that there were 70;)0 less than 1869. 

Under the head of miscellaneous are the follow- 
ing: Accidents; 614: arrested on warrants, 1354; 
boats challenged, 3062; buildings found open anil 
secured, 2383; cases investigated, 3827 J dangerous 
i>r.;!diugs, 35; dead bodies found. 89; defective 
cesspoois, 120; detective drains, vaults, &c, 836; 



BOARD OF ALDKKMKN 



defective hydrants, 71 ; defective lamps, 9627; de- 
fective streets and sidewalks, 2646; disturbances 
{oppressed, 8962; extra duties done by officers, 
3214; tires extinguished without alarm, 170; in- 
toxicated persons helped home, 2454; injured and 
sick persons assisted, 161 ; lost children restored, 
1024; smallpox cases reported, 50; stray teams 
put up, 220; street obstructions removed, 37,735; 
vessels boarded, 641 ; water running to waste. 201. 
After going through with various divisions, 
there are discussed the subjects of the police pow- 
ers and duties. Re sret service, intemperance, soeial 
evil, police discipline and police history. In an 
examination of the records for fourteen years it 
appears that there have been 400,000 arrests' in that 
time, 225,000 of whicti were for drunkenness, ami 
28,000 drunken persons were helped home. The 
increase in drunkenness in th it time, under the 
various methods of suppressing intemperance, has 
been 275 per ceu». 

UE'lNHvT Dl'' St'rKUlNTKNDKKT OF POBMt! BUILD- 
1NGS. 

Public Btittiiinflit. Ihe exp< uditun s for repairs, 
alterations and improvements of public buildings, 
excepting sehoolhouses and count) buildings, for 
the year, have amounted to $04,786' 68, as follows: 
rents, $2857 04; fuel, $2858 57; c ire aud cleaning, 
$5231 ; alterations, repairs, water, gas and furni- 
ture, $83,859 17. 

Count;/ linvdinijs. Expenditures, $17,872 62; 
care, supplies and furniture, $15,352' 06; fuel, 
.*2520'56. •• -"■ 

dfanvmar Schuntkmisis: The expenditures have 

been'as- Ttftlows: fuel, "$29,371 08; rents, '..$5014 77; 

care and cleaning, $26,622 77; repairs.' alterations, 

" supplies anfl furniture, $64,363 60^-total. $125,- 

371 ,50. 

"P'riWaW/^Schfinllioiises. The expenditures 'have 

" been as' follows: fu>L $18,793 80 J rents, $4960.05; 

tare 'and 'cleaning, $15,051 95': repairs, alterations, 

' supplies and furniture, 1 $46,999 22— total, $86,- 

405- 02. '■' - : • ' 

Ej-trnonlimtrij Expenses.' The following is a list 
of the buildings in progress of erection: 

Grammar sehoolhouse, Ward 14 ? containing six- 
teen schoolrooms and an exhibition hall. Will 
be completed during the present month, and will 
Cost, including furniture, about $112,000. 

Primary sehoolhouse, Sixth street, containing 
six schoolrooms. Will- be finished during the 
present month, and will cost about $36,000. 

Paving buildings, West City wharf, comprising 
stable, crack shed, storerooms and lodging-rooms 
for the use of the Paving Department. Will be 
finished next April, and will cost about $15,000. 

Girls' High and Normal Sehoolhouse. This 
building is completed with the exception of 
the hall, which awaits the arrival of the Grecian 
frieze and statues presented by .the Museum of 
Fine Arts. The building has eost up to the pres- 
enttiroe, $244,635 08. 

During the past .year the following buildings 
have been completed, at Ihe cost aunexed : 

Lyman Grammar Sehoolhouse $114,912 63 

Primary Sehoolhouse, Appletori street 60,212 13 

Primary Sehoolhouse, Fayette street 'i7,614 02 

Primary Schoolhonse, Berlin street 57,211 42 

Primary Schoohlouse, Yeoman street '46,753 62 

Engine and Hose House, East street 24,954 29 

Boiler and Fuel House, for Central Charity 

Bureau 13,594.82 

The following buildings commenced by the 
town of Dorchester, came under the charge of the 
department in an unfinished condition, and have 
been completed during the year. The figures 
indicate the amount paid on each tmilding by the 
city of Boston : 

High Sehoolhouse, containing six rooms 

and an exhibition hall... : $89,705 98 

Engine House No. 17 3,000 00 

Engine House No. 18 -t 000 00 

Engine House No. 19 7 ',399 fg 

The following buildings have been remodelled 
or received extensive alterations during the years 

Dearborn Grammar Sehoolhouse, remodelling 
building, new heating apparatus and furniture, 
and grading additional lot of land, $40,000. 

Lewis Sehoolhouse, building sewers, grading 
and paving yard, and introducing water into the 
building, $5,382 24. 

Prescott Sehoolhouse, remodelling heating ap- 
paratus, $2383 48. 

Old Lyman Sehoolhouse, fitted up for the ac- 
- commodation of the Branch Library,- $1693 91. 

High and Latin Sehoolhouse, preparing"hall for 



tin- memorial statue, and repairing damage caused 
uv fire, $6120 53. 

Wintluop Street Primary Sehoolhouse, ••12.000. 

Webster Primary Sehoolhouse, damaged by fire. 
$4347 69. 

Ticknor Primary Sehoolhouse, new iron Ce-nee 
and grading and paving, $3394 09. 

Franklin Place Primary Sehoolhouse. new heat- 
ing apparatus, grading and paving yard and build- 
ing new fence. $2756 84. 

Police station No. 1. alteration caused by the 
widening of Hanover street, (and the amount given 
is that allowed by the Committee on Laying Gut 
and Widening Streets) for land taken. $17,888. 

Engine House No. 2, $6407 78; Engine House No. 
11,^5176 04; Engine House No. 14, 98698 10; En- 
gine House No. 4. work done prtvious to the re- 
moval of the building by order of the City Coun- 
cil, $4087 3! . 

Hook and Ladder House Xo. 3, building bell- 
tower, $1 133. 

I'olice statn n No. 11, fitting up a building" n the 
Almshouse lot, Ward 16, $2013 76. 

REPORT OF SWERlNrEXDETr OF Pl'BLlU LA>*1)S 

The sales of land under the direction of the Com- 
amittee on Public Lands during the year have 
been as follows. - 

Five lots on Chester park, east of Harrison ave- 
nue, containing 8460 square feet, at $1 50 per foot, 
$12,000. 

One lot on Albany street, near Dover -street, cur- 
taining 3436 square feet, at $1 50 per fo<*, $5152 50, 

Three lots on. Aloany street, containing- 12,161 
square feet, at $1 25 per square foot, $15,201 25.- 

Two lots on Harrison avenue, 4949 square feet, at 
$1 62K per square foot, $8042 12, 

One lot on Harrison avenue, 2217 square feet, 
$1 75 per foot, -$3879 75. 

Seven lots on Harrison avenue. 9969 feet, at $1 50 
per foot. $14,053 50. 

One lot on East Dedham street, 1104 feet, at $1 
per foot, $1104. 

One lot on North Grove street, 1108 feet at $1 00 
per foot, $1772 80. 

■ One lot on East Cencord street, 1592 13-100 feet, at 
$4 50 per foot, $2388 15.- - .---.-. 

One lot on James street, 239 feet, at $1 50 per foot, 
$358 50, -. . n 

One lot on East Leuox street. 141 68^10) feet, 
$400. ...... 

-One lot on Camden street, west, of Tremont 
street, 17,793 feet, at 50c per foot, $8,896 50. 

Three lots on Broadway, 18,750 feet, at 65 cents 
per foot, $12,187 50. 

One lot on F street, 1052 feet, 60 cents per foot, 
.$631 20. • 

One lot on Fourth street. 6250 feet, at 55 cents 
pei foot, $3427 50. 

One lut-on- Third street, 7756 feet, at 50 cents per 
foot, $3875. 

The total sales amounted to 96,910 feet, for the 
sum of $94,580 27. 

On this amount there has been received in cash 
and paid to the City Treasurer, the sum of $9,740 27. 
: And there has beeu taken in bonus from the 
purchasers, payable in nine annual instalments, 
with interest, $84,840. 

There have »lso been received two bonds in the 
sum of $1807 50, being V2% cents per foot addi- 
tional price paid for said land for removing the 
conditions which required buildings to be erected 
wirhiu two years upon- said land, containing 14,- 
460 2-10 feet. 

There have been received for rents and paid to 
the Treasurer the following amounts: Land on 
South Bay, $1400 85; rent of land at South Boston, 
.$200; received for paving «f sidewalk, $448 ; re 
ceived for extension-of time for building on COn- 
eord and Dedham streets, $300; total, $2348 85. 

The principal expenditures have been as -follows: 
Salary of Superintendent, $1800; assessments for 
sewers in Second aud L streets and in various 
passageways, $1815'64; for edgestones on Canton 
and Dedham streets, east of Harrison avenue, and 
on West Canton street, $963 75; expenses of com- 
mittee for 1870, $915 61; paid bill of expenses 
of committee of 1869, $340; total ■xpenditiues. 
$6451 96. 

Salable Lands. The amount of salable lauds 
belonging to the city, is as follows: 

Between Dover street and the old lines between 
Boston and Koxburv, 020.628 feet: in South Bos- 
ton, building lots," 601,458 feet; at the Highlands, 
two lotsunda wharf on Swett street, leased, to 
expire in .May, 1872, 826,290 feet. 

By the annexation of Dorchester the city came 
into possession of the following lands : 



JANUARY 



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1871 



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Lot on Dorchester avenue and Gibson street, 
known as the Gibson street Fm.d, 622,671 
feet ; lots of marsh land in Quincy, about 
570,910 feet; wood-lot in Milton, about 414.767 
feet; lot on Bird street, 80,632 feet; three 
lots on Commercial street, 109,015 feet; lot on 
Norfolk street, 50,222 feet; two lots on Codmau 
street, 90.120 feet; five lots on Ashmont stieet, 
57,160 feet. 

The total amount of land is 3,849,873 feet. 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF LAMPS. 

The superintendent states that the Department 
is believed to be in pood co dition, and the men 
employed are as a general thing prompt and faith- 
ful in the discharge of their duties. 

The past year has been one of activity on ac- 
count of the removal of and replacing lamps on 
many of the streets which have lieeu widened and 
extended, the large amount ot rebuilding in the 
older portions of the city, and the building up of 
new streets. 

The expenditures have been largely increased 
over those of the previous year by the annexation 
oi Dorchester, tbe prepai alions tor lighting Broad- 
way and Mount Washington Avenue Bridges, and 
the natural increase of the department from the 
increased number of lamps in other sections of the 
city. 

During thf year a contract has been made with 
the Dorchester Uaa I lgbt Company for the supply 
of gas for the public lamps in Ward 16. 

The lamps are burned every night during the 
year, and at a total of about 3800 hours each. Tnc 
number of lamps in the various sec'vibus of the 
city Dec. 15, 1870, was 5405; in 1869, 5040; in 1868, 
4414; in 1867, 4304. The oil and fluid lamps show a 
reduction each year, the number Dec 15 being 
1195. 

The to*-al expenditures last year were $324,580 47 ; 
of this $2C4,298 54 was for gas ; lighting and care, 
S5li,268 91; in 1869, the expense was $276,064 71. 
Uf the increase the last year, $22,959 99 was froua 
the lighting of Ward 16. 

REPORTS OF SEALERS OF WEIGHTS AKD MEASURES. 

Northern District — The expenditures .'.mounted 
to $3151 21 — oi which $2100 was for salary of sealer 
and assistant; horse keeping, shoeing and medi- 
cal attendance, $430 13. 

Middle District— Expenditures, $3825 02— salary 
of sealer and assistant. $2100; horse and wagon, 
$710; horse keeping and atlenaance, $412 75. 

Southern District— rhe expenditures foe eight 
months amounted to $2236 54 of which for horse 
keeping, &c, there was J287 32; new wagon iu 
exchange for old one, $208. 

The reports are accompanied with schedules o£ 
property on hand. 

The above reports were severally laid on the 
table and ordered to be printed. 

SUPERINTENDENTS OF BRIDGES. 

Meridian Street Bridge. The number of vessels 
that passed the draw last vear was as follows :. 
January, 145; February, 162; March, 158; April, 
175; May, 260; June, 256; July, 275; August, 280-; 
September, 287; October, 290; November, 284 ; De- 
cember, 250; total, 2822. 

Dover Street Bridge. Number of vessels — Janu- 
ary, 174; February, 187; March, 275; April, 411; 
May, 693; June. 825; July, 883; August, 936; Sep- 
tember, 850: October, 602; November, 765; Decem- 
ber. 487; total, 7088. 

Federal Street Briage. The whole lumber of 
vessels passing the draw during this year was 
11,548. 

MouDt Washington Avenue Bridge. The num- 
ber of vessels passing the draw for nine months 
ending October 1, 1870, was 9245. 

Severally read and sent down. 

QUARTERLY" REPORT3. 

Reports were made as follows: 

Report of Superintendent of Hea'th. Expended 
for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1870, as follows: 
Sweeping and cleaning the streets, removal of 
ashes and offal, cleaning cesspools, &c, $73,324 19. 
Demands against sundry persons lor abating nui- 
sances, team work, and material sold, the' same 
having been deposited with the City Treasurer for 
collection. $9042 30. Amount paid into the treas- 
ury, and the same placed to tbe credit of the de- 
partment, $14,974 24. The number of prisoners 
conveyed from the several station houses to citv 
lockups under the Court House was as follows: 
males, 2218; females, 758; total. 2976. Number of 
vaults entered for cleaning, 1280. 



Report of Paymaster on State Aid. Tbe receipts 
for the quarter from the Treasurer of the City of 
Boston at various times during the quarter were 
$24,000; balance October 1, $37; disbursed to dis- 
abled soldiers and sailors and their families, dur- 
ing the quarter, $23,700— leaving a balance on hand 
January 1, 1871, of $332. 

Report of Truant Officers. The combined report 
of the officers shows the following result: Num- 
ber of cases investigated during the quarter, 4455; 
old truants previously reported, 29; new cases, 
127; found to be fuants, 156; aggregate absences 
by truancy. 728. Before Justices of the Municipal 
Court — Complained of as habitual truants, 40; 
seotenoed to the House of Reformation, 26; on 
probation, 14; complained of as absentees, 26; on 
probation, 5; sentenced to tbe House of Reforma- 
tion, 21. Before Judge of Probate — For offences 
other than truancy, 3; sentenced to Reform School 
School Ship and ludustrial School, I each. 

Report of fort I'liystcian. Ihe report for the 
quarter states that quarantine on vessels was re- 
moved Nov. 1, after which no vessels are required 
to stop at the station. During the month of Octo- 
ber there were 67 vessels examined, viz.: 9 steam- 
ers, » ships, 19 barques, 17 brigs, and 14 schooners. 
No sickness, or anything that required detention, 
was found on these vessels, and all were passed 
without delay. The rags that were taken from the 
brigs NavaritiO and Gilinor Meredith and stored 
at Gallop's island in September last, were kept 
until the frosts of November came, and thtn.,deliv- 
ered to the owners. The quarantine hospital has 
beeu comparatively empty auring the last three 
months. There have beeu only four cases of small- 
pox treated since the last report. Three of these 
recovered and one died, leaving no patients in the 
hospital January 1. 

Eleven men, colored sailors were received from 
Richmond street in October, under suspicious cir- 
cumstances. One had cerebro spinal meningitis : 
recovered and was discharged No vember 4. The 
remaining ten were kept one week and were dis- 
charged, not being sick. The fees for inspecting 
vessels and charges for storing rags, amounting to 
$502, have been collected and paidto the Directors 
for I'ublic Institutions. 

Weighers and Inspectors of Ballast Lighters. Tbe 
receipts for the o»arter amounted to $i322 50. Ex- 
penses of the office, $34 43, which deducted leaves 
$1288 07, divided among the incumbents of the of- 
fice. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on 
Health, reported an order for the abatement of 
nuisances in Piedmont, Endicott, and North Cen- 
tre streets. Accepted, and order passed. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Ac- 
counts, announced that the Committee had made 
choice of Alderman Pierce as their chairman. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows; 
Jefferson & Ricker, to exhibit a section of a large 
California tree; Samuel Turner, to give theatrical 
and other exhibitions at 121 Haverhill street; The- 
odore Thomas, to give concerts at the Musis Hall 
Jan. 10 — 21; Wm. Trainer, as an innholder for au 
unexpired term ; Edward Fitzgerald, for leave to 
give a concert Jan. 9; George Rooke. for leave to 
hold variety entertainments at Turner's Hall. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman White, from the same committee, re- 
ported in favor of the relicense of auctioneers, as 
follows: Moses Coleman & Son,Henshaw & Broth- 
er, Isburgh & Rowland, Francis Sprague & Co., C. 
T. Walker <& Co., D. F. McGilvray & Co., H. L. 
Collamore & Co., Coleman Cook, George M. At- 
wood, Leonard & C<>., Wro. Cook & Co., F. D. Os- 
good, Isaac Abrams, T. H. Webb & Brother, W. S. 
& T. Kyle, Horatio Harris & Co., John Tyler, 
Leonard, Bud & Co., A. J Mellen & Co., Phinney 
& Scudder. Severally accented. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Ricker, 

Ordered, That the several standing committees 
of this Board resume toe unfinished business 
which is appropriate to said committees. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That the Board of Aldermen be and 
they are hereby authorized, in accordance with 
section 14, chapter 50, General Statutes, to make 
rules and regulations to restrain sales by minors, 
or to grant licenses for minors to make such sales, 
on such terms and conditions as they shall pre- 
scribe. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN, 



Ordered, That Aldermen Pierce and Woolley, 
With Such as the common Council may join, be 
appointed a committee to nominate from the citi- 
zens at large two members of the Board of Com- 
missioners of the Sinking Funds, for the redemp- 
tion or th'e debt of the city, as provided by an 
amended ordinance on Fiuanee. passed December 
24, 1S70. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting of 
two on the parr of the Board of Aldermen, with 
such as the Common Council may ioin, be ap- 
pointed with authority to exercise 'the [lowers in 
relation to the erection of a soldiers' monument 
on 'Boston Common that wore conferred upon a 
Joint special Committee of the CUy Council for 
the year 1870, under an order passed December 30, 
1870. 

Aldermen Cowdin and Talbot were appointed on 
said committee. 

On motion of Aldeiman Jenkins. 

Ordered, That all matters of an unfinished na- 
ture relating to the contemplated improvements 
on Fort Hill be referred to a special committee 
consisting of the Committees on Streets, Paving 
and sewers, to be called the Fort Hill Committee, 
with authority to exercise all the poweis relating 
to the premises whieh were held bv the Standing 
Committee on Streets of the Board of Aldermen of 
1-870. »7.- 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 



Orderel, That all unfinished business relating 
to the Church Street District be referred to the 
Joint Committee on the Suffolk Stieet uistrict, 
and that said committee be authorized to exercise 
all the powers in relation to the unsettled e-tates 
on said district that were conferred upon the 
Joint Special Committee ot the City Council on 
said district lor the year 1870. 
On motion ot Aldeipian Cowuiu, 
Ordered. That the heads of the several depart-: 
ments of the City Government 1 e requested in the 
employment of persojis lor service in theii de- 
partments to arivc the. preference, other tilings 
being equal, to residents *>f tl is city who per- 
formed honorable service in tbe la to war. 

Ordered,; That the Oireotors of I he East Boston 
Ferries ue requested to report to the City Council 
the amount ot receipts for tolls troui foot pas- 
sengers on said feriieSjfoi six months ending Dec. 
31, 1870; aiso I be extra expense ou account of the 
collection of tolls from foot passengers during tbe 
same period, and whether, in their opinion, it 
would be expedient to allow persons on loot to 
cross the ferries without charge. 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

On the petition of Clement & Cressv, for leave 
to put up arid use a steam' engine and boiler at 
No. 4 Wareham street. Hearirg Monday, Jan. 30, 
4 P.M. 

Adjourned to Monday next. 4 o'clock. 



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COMMON C O U N G 1 I. . 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
JANUAEY 12, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, :ii fj£ o'clock, 
■ Matthias Rich, the President, In die chair. 

PAPEKS PB >1I THE BOABD OF ALDEBMEM. 

The petitions of Sarah A. N'oyee, Allied De- 
grandscbamps, and of John l'. Treadwell, were re- 
tefred, in concurrence. 

The ue vera! annual and quarterly reports and 
the Auditor B ilonth'y Exhibit were" ordered to be 
placed on rile. 

the following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order authorizing the making of rules and regu- 
lations concerning ; sales by minors. 

Order requesting the Directors of the Las; Bos- 
ton Ferries to report the amount oi receipts by toil 
from foot-passengers, for six mouths, ending on 
tncLiist alt., the extra expense of collecting the 
same, and if ic is expedient to allow persons on 
loot to cross free of toll. 

order referring all unfinished business relating 
to the Church street District to the Committee on 
Suffolk street District. 

Order for heads 01 departments to prefer for em- 
ployment in the city service residents (other things 
being equal) who performed honOiable service in 
i he late war. 

Messrs. Pope of Ward 16, .Squires of Ward 8 and 
Moulton of Ward !) were joined to the committee 
to nominate from the citizens at large two mem- 
bers ol the Board of Commissioners ou the Sinking 
Fund lot the redemption of the city debt. 

.Messrs. Hinders of Ward 5, Barnes of Ward 1, 
G rage; of Ward 14, were appointed, and the Pres- 
ident was added to the joint committee to exer- 
cise the powers in relation to the erection of a 
soldiers' monument that were conferred tn the 
joint committee on the subject for 1870. 

The orders appointing the joint, siandina: com- 
mittees were passed, in concurrence, when the 
President announced the Standing and Joiut 
Standing Committees, as follows: 

STASDIKG COMMITTEES OF THE COMUiKT COUNCIL 

Ihtsrnal Health— Row3, O'Brien, Foye, Salmon 
Mullai.e. 

Paving— Baines, Clatur, Brennan, Locke, James 
Smith. 

Police— Squires, AlcDevitt, Brennan, Adams, 
Perkins 

Armories and Military Affairs — Hull, Jacobs, 
Perry, Roberts, Graj,g. 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Assesrors' Department — Brown, O'Connor, Rob- 
ertson, Adams, Faxon. 

Bathing— Vannevar. Kingsbury, O'Brien, Ja20bs, 
Adams. 

Claims— Bobbins, Webster, Willis, Kendall. 
Perry. 

.Mount Hope Cemetery— Bohinson, Faxon, Lone. 

Common and Public Grounds— Brooks, Winch, 
Bowe, Bradt, Pond. 

East Boston Ferries— Byan, Taylor, James Smith, 
Barker, Kendall. 

Engineers' Department— Bonner, llersev, Bick- 
ford. 

Fire Alarms— Woods, Vannevar, Huberts. 

Fire Department— Flanders, Kingsbury, Moul- 
ton, Hull, Burt. 

F uel -O'Connor, Emery. Prescott. 

Harbor— W inch, Mies, Flyn-i. 

City Hospital— Patch, Foye, Salmon. 

Institutions at South Boston and Deer Island — 
Bicknell, Bond, Aver, Bobbins. Cunningham. 

Legislative .Mattes — Flanders, Patch, Pease. 

Ordinances— Dickinson, Brown, West, Perkins, 

Stone. 

Overseers of the Poor— Dolan, Burt, Pease. 

Public Buildings — Sayward, Bradt, Bicknell, 
Kowc, Woods. 

Public Instruction — President of the Common 
Council ex officio, Ayer, Dickinson, Emery, West. 

Public Lands— squires, Byan, Devine, "Brookn, 
Kohi r> son. 



Public Library— Aver, Bobbins, Bobertsoi., Mul- 
lane, Perkins. 

Printing— Barnes. Hull, Smith of Ward 10. 

streets — Pope, Bonner, Willis. Fiynn. Locke. 

surveyor.-' Department— Hersey, Clatur, Bick- 
ford. 

Treasury Department— sayward, Barker, Stone. 

Water — Moves. Xiles. Moulton. Brooks. Taylor. 

EE.'OETS :>1- COMMUTE] 9. 
Mr. Niles of Ward <!, from the Committee of the 
Common Council on Elections, to whom was re- 
ferred the petition of John Cam. .I'll and others, 
candidates for members of the Common Council 
from Ward 2, at toe last municipal election, ask- 
ing for a rec* not of the votes cast for Council men 
in said ward, on account of irregularities on the 
part of the ward officers in receiving, sorting and 
counting the voti s, made a report that they had 
carefully recounted the original ballots in the pos- 
session of the City Clerk, with the I olio wing re- 
sult: 

Thomas W. Brown, Jr., had 1049 

Dennis Bonner 9.0 

William Taylor BSD 

William Cunningham ijj! 

.lohn Campoeil S5l 

M. F. Mahoney ftSU 

.lolm O. Hollis 451 

John Starrett 5tiJ 

Luther McConiuie 61 

John S. Jacobs M 

D. C. Lincoln :), Joseph A. Chabbott2, Samuel E. .Smith 
2, W. J. Parker, Charles E. Wiggiu. William Maihle, 
1(. Dorid, George S. Noves, G G. Brown, John W. Fra 
scr, J. P. MeDavitt, E. W. Smith, Thomas Caswell, one 
each. 

It ajipears, therefore, that Thos. M . Brown, Jr., 
Dennis Bonner, Win. Taylor iinu Win. Cunning- 
bam, who occupy seats at tins Board, were duiy 
elected. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr. Miles, f re hi the same committee, to whom 
was referred the notification from Charles O. Bur- 
rill, contesting the right of the persons who 
received certificates as members of tne Common 
Council from Want u to occupy seats at this Board, 
and also the request for a recount of the votes cast 
for Councilraen at tbe last municipal election in 
said ward, made a report tha: they have careJully 
recounted the original ballots in the possession 
of the City Clerk, wilh the following result: 

Stephen H. Niles had lir.fi 

Wm. P. Perkins 1 UW 

Pie cott Barker 620 

David L. Webster 6i0 

Charles O. Burrill 601 

John J. Smith S 4 

Charles A. MeCabe 3/ 

Leopold Moi se a:! 

George S. Kobiuson £4 

Q.B.Howard 21 

Jacob R. Andrews 20 

John Tobias IS 

Benjamin Jones 10 

.I.Bailey Richardson s, Wm. H. Emerson 0. George 
M. Barnard, Jr., 3, John Allen, John S. Moulton, W. 
L. Prescott, Matthias Rich one each. 

It appears, therefore, that Stephen B. Miles, 
Wm. E. Perkins, Prescott Braker, and David L. 
Webster,who now occupy seats at this Board, were 
dulv elected. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr, Miles, from the same committee, to whom 
was referred the petition of Daniel Down, one of 
the candidates for the Common Council at the last 
municipal election in Ward 13, asking for are- 
count of the votes cast for members of the Council 
at said election, made a report that they have care- 
fully recounted the original ballots in "the posses- 
sion of the City Clerk, with the following result: 

Jeremiah M. Mullane hud 511 

Thos. Brennan 516 

Thos. Dolan 4<>1 

Joseph T.Ryan tn.- 

Daniel Dowd". 8M 

Wm. Morse 286 

Franklin Williams 217 

George E. Haven 207 

A. H. Hall. Wvman Brooks, 4 each; Adams Aver, Her- 
man Bradt, Theodore C. Faxon, George B. Fauuce.'i 
each; George E. Homer, David Ward, L. Littlelield, 
and E. Howard, 1 each. 

It appears, therefore, that Jeremiah M. Mullane, 
Tho>. Brennan, Thos. Dolan, and Jos. T. Byan. who 
now occupy scats at this Board, were duly elected. 
The report was accepted. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, from the Committee oa 
Finance, announced that the committee had made 
choice of Mr. Pope of Ward 16 as the Chairman 
on the part of the Common Ctxinoil. 



JANUARY 



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1871. 



11 



.Mr. Nilcs of Ward 6, from the Committee on Ac- 
counts, announced that the Committee had m ide 
choice of .Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 us the Chairman 
on the part ol the Common Council. 

Ur. Fond of Ward 3, from the Committee to 
Nominate Caudidaics for directors for Public In- 
stitutions*, made a report in part, recommending 
as candidates to representthe City Council, Alder- 
man Talbot, and Messrs Bradl and Sayward of the 
Common Council. 

iu. Vannevar of Ward 8, from the Committee to 
Nominate Candidates for the Coehituate Water 
Bcard.made a report in part, recommending as 
candidates, Alderman l'lumer,and Messrs, Sq/aires 
and I'ond of the Common Council. 

Mr. I'atch of Ward 12. from the Committee to 
Nominate Candidates for Trustees of the Public 
Library, made a report in part, recommending as 
candidates. Alderman Little, and .Messrs. Niles 
and Dickinson of the Common Council. 

These reports were severally laid over, under the 
rule. 

bFEOIAL POLICE AND BADGES. 

The order concei ning special police and 1 a Iges 
was taken from the table, when Mr. Moult^ii of 
Ward ottered the following as a substitute: 

Ordeied, That a special committee of three 
members of the Common Council be appointed to 
procure new badges for members of the Common 
Council for the present year, the expense to be 
charged to the (Appropriation lor Incidentals. 

.Mr. Perkins of Ward C opposed the orde. - , be- 
lieving it, unnecessary to procure badges for new 
members, and as not in accordance with t.ue policy 
of economy or reform under which the present 
City (iovernment was elected. The whole expense 
of such badges would be a waste, and he could not 
conceive what good was to be accomplished by the 
order. He did not wish to be appointed a special 
policeman, and in answer to an inquiry to an oil 
member of what use the nadges were, he was told 
ih it be once got inside of the lines on a public oc- 
casion by showing the badge to a police officer. 
The expense was unnecessary, nonsensical, and 
ridiculous, and he moved the indefinite postpone- 
ment of the order. 

Mr. Perkins called for the yeas and navs on the 
order. The in itiou was not sustained, the indefi- 
nite postponement was lost, when the order was 
passed. 

Messrs. Moulton of Ward 0, Smith of Ward 10 
and Sayward of Ward 16 were appointed the com- 
mittee under the order. 

On motion of Mr. Sayward an order was passed 
tint the Mayor be requested to appoint the mem- 
bers of th" Common Council special policemen, 
without pay. 

PETiTUKNS PRESEITTED AND P.EFEREED. 

T. C. Smith, for appointment as Superintendent 
of the Broadway Bridge. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on Nomination of Superintendents of 
Briilges. 

Mary A. C. Phister, for compensation for per- 
sonal injuries. 



R. A. Duifee, for compensation for personal in- 
juries received on Broadway 
Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

ORDEKS PASSED. 

Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7 offered the following 
order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Assessors' De- 
partment be directed to consider the expediency 
cf amending the ordinance in relation to the as- 
sessment and collection of taxes in order that the 
number of Assessment Districts may be increased 
as the necessities of the Department may from 
time to time require. 

.Mr. liyan of Ward 13 moved a reference of the 
order to the Committee on Ordinances, as the 
proper committee the order coming in conflict 
with the provisions of the ordinance. 

The Chair stated that the Committee, on O-di- 
nances will take cognizance of the order should 
any changes be proposed on the subject, as con- 
templates 

The order was referred to the Committee on the 
A.sses:or's Department. 

.Mr. Hersey of Ward 12 ottered an order, as fol- 
low- : 

Ordered, That a special committee with such as 
the Board of Aldermen may join, be appointed to 
report a suitable location for Steam Fire Engine 
No. 15, the eugine having lor two years been with- 
out a permanent location. 

.Mr. Fiynn oi Ward 7 moved to substitute (he 
Committee on the Fire Department, as tie prcper 
committee, a committee of the members of the 
two wards interested being unable to agree on the 
subject. 

Mr. Hersey said the subject had sev<ril times 
been referred to the Committee on the Fire De- 
partment, which had been unable to agree, and a 
special committee might come to some agree- 
ment. 

The motion to amend was carried, when the or- 
der was passed. 

On motion of .11 r. Klynn of Ward 7. 

Ordeied, That a committee, with such as the 
Board of Aldermen may join, be authorized to 
make such arrangements at the several Vt lice Sta- 
tions or elsewhere, for serving out soup to the 
poor during the months of January, February and 
March, as they may deem expedient, the expense 
thereof to he chargtd to the appropriation for lin- 
ed. lental Expenses. 

Mrssrs. Fiynn of Ward 7, Vannevar of Wards, and 
Robertson of Ward 4, were appointed the Com- 
mittee. 

COMMITTEES Oil I-TOMIJTATIOir OF CITY OFFICERS. 

Committees were appointed as follows, to be 
joined, on nomination oi city officers: 

On nomination of City Surveyor — Messrs. Pope 
of Ward 10, Kobinson of Ward 11, Foye of Ward 5. 

On nomination of Overseers ol the Poor — Messrs. 
O'Brien of Ward 7, West of Ward 16, Salmon of 
Ward 3. 

Adjourned. 



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HOARD OF ALDER MKN. 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 16, 1871. 



lii.' regular weeklj meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor GaBton presii tng. 

PETITIONS i:i— 1 [TED AND REFEBBED. 

Chavncy Page, for leave to laj down a water 
pipe across E and First streets. 

B. S. Wrigh; & ( <>. and others, against the erec- 
tion of a butluing upon the site ol Steamer No. 4's 

house. 

Samuel J. Lowell, for payment of grade damages 
on Dorchester avenue 

W. K. Chester, trustee, to be paid for damages 
caused by the widening of Hog Bridge. (Taken 
from the' tiles of last y< ar.) 

Sidney A. stetson, for a (dank sidewalk ou Fer- 
dinand street. 

F A. Harmon, to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade in Dorchester avenue. 

George W. Chipman and others, that their 
names lie withdrawn from a remonstrance against 
the temporary erection of a building near Scollay's 
Building. 

H. II. Hunnewcll and others and K. B. 'Dalton 
and others, that Beacon siiept be put in order. 

severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

John Peck, to be paid for personal injuries 
caused by a detect in Washington street. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Claims. 

Ebentzer Johnson, to be paid for drain in RiVer 
street. Referred to the Committee on sewers. 

James M. Beebe and others and E. E. Hale and 
others, against the election of a Home for the 
Poor at Beer Island. 

Wm. Cray and others and Overseers of the Poor, 
against the erection of a Home for the Poor at 
Deer Island. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Public 
Institutions. 

The communication from the Overseers of the 
Poor was as follows: 

At a special meeting of the Overseers of the 
Poor, held at their office in Charity Building. Mon- 
day, Jan. 9, 1871, the following' resolution was 
passed. 

JJesolved, That the Chairman be requested re- 
spectfully to represent to the City Council that in 
the opinion of this Board it is desirable that the 
situation of the proposed Home for the Poor 
should he such as to avoid any actual or supposed 
association between the poor and the punishment 
of offenders against the law. and to mitigate as 
far as the proper regulation and management of 
such an institution will permit, the separation of 
its inmates from their kindled, home and friends. 

And that in their opinion, in view of these con- 
siderations. Deer Island is not a suitable place for 
siu'h an institution. 

The remonstrances of J, M. Beebe and others 
and E. E. Hale and others, set forth as their rea- 
sons, "believing that such an establishment should 
be so placed as to avoid any association with penal 
institutions, and to preserve for its inmates, so far 
as its due regulation will permit, reasonable op- 
portunities for intercourse with their friends." 

The remonstrance of Win. Gray and others is 
that "believing that if additional accommodations 
are needed for the poor, they should be furnished 
in a different locality." 

ANNUAL EEPOKTS. 

Annual reports were made, of which the follow- 
ing are abstracts: 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF HEALTH. 

The amount appropriated for rue present finan- 
cial year, 1870-71, was $300,000; unexpended bal- 
ance. January 1, lb71, was $81,378 23. Amount ex- 
pended the last financial year, fiom January I to 
Mav l.was $82,09577; May to January 1, 1S70, S218,- 
62l'77— making a total for the year ol $300,717 54. 
These expenditures were as follows: 

Sweeping and cleaning streets, cleaning c ss- 
poriip and removal of snow and ice from public 



walks, yards, streets, squares and Public Garden, 

$100,719 23 (the cost of the removal of snow and 
ice was $8278) ; collection of house dirt and offal 
in city proper, South Boston and Highlands, 
$94,198 °.3; for hay, meal, &c, used at 
stables, $22,549 80; for f.reman, feeders, wheel- 
wrights, blacksmiths, harness-maker, and 
other mechanics and clerks, $20,248 2t> ; new 
horses and exchange of old ones, $11,225; salaries 
of superintendent and assistant, City Physician, 
clerk, and Milk Inspector, $7M0 25. 

The report give.- a detail of expenses lor abating 
nuisances, amounting to $0350 43. Details of other 
expenditures are also given: Paid clerk, consta- 
bles and inspectors of this department, $C029 50; 
collection of ashes at East Boston, $0853 20; iron 
stock and tools in blacksmith's shop, $4744 42; 
lumber, $3589 99; visitation to New York, enter- 
taining guests, carriage hire and refreshments, 
$910 50. The total ot incidental expenses was 
$2041 04. 

The amount in bills deposited with the City 
Treasurer for collection. was ; paid into 



the City treasury and credited to the department, 
$50,192' 40. of which $31,519 78 was during the 
present financial year. 

There have been' conveyed by a prison carriage, 
furnished by this department and for which no 
income is derived, tne following number of pris- 
oners: from Court House to Jail and Jail to Court, 
House, 4896; Court House to steamer Henrv .Mor- 
rison, 3070; Court House to House of Correction, 
445 — total 8411. There have also been conveyed by 
prison vehicle from the several station huuses", 
morning and evening, to City Eock-up under the 
Court House, and for which a charge of twenty- 
five cents per head is made to the Police Depart- 
ment for such conveyance, as follows: males, 7645; 
females, 2919— total. 10,564. 

Street Cleaning. The city is divided into two 
districts, north and south, the division line being 
at Summer and Winter streets, and running in 
nearly tne same direction. The whole city is 
cleaned twice in each week during the seasons for 
sweeping and cleaning the same; during the 
stormy season employes are placed at crossings on 
the principal thoroughfares and at railroad sta- 
tions. Within the space of ei</ht years the in- 
crease of teams required for transportation of 
merchandise has nearly doubled, consequently the 
streets have accumulated more debris, and more 
labor would of necessity be required to keep the 
thoroughfares in a> cleanly condition. As the pro- 
uortion of labor has not been employed, and where 
more is required, an appropriation 'to meet such 
should be made. 

The estimates for tkis branch of the department, 
in order to meet the demands for a better state of 
cleanliness, is estimated to be $40,000 additional to 
that made in the appropriation of 1S70-71- Had 
the additional appropriation of $21,000 asked for in 
1870 have been granted, the same would have been 
expended for the benefit of this department alone. 

The whole number of loads of street dire col- 
lected during the year was 34,186 — of this a large 
quantity has been disposed of at convenient 
dumps, without charge; a large quantity has been 
piled at city stables, for sale, and a considerable 
quantity has been sold. 

House Dirt and Ashes. This dirt is collected from 
dwelling-houses once a week, from large build- 
ings twice, and from stores on main thoroughfares 
twice in each week; those of manufacturing estab- 
lishments are collected at stated times, ard the 
parties are charged at the rate of $1 50 per load of 
fourteen barrels. The whole number of loads col- 
lected and disposed of in various places and 
charged to the parties requiring the same, was 
86,482. 

Cesspools. The fetid matter from cesspools is 
deposited wherever permission can be obtained, 
at remote distances from the places of collection. 
The whole number of loads collected during the 
year, exclusive of man hole or sewer matter, was 
4847. 

House Offal. This is collected from fourteen wards 
ofthe city by city teams, and disposed of by contract 
with different parties. That collected in E?st Bos- 
ton being the exception wherein the city receives 
no pay; the offal here is collected and disposed of 
by contract, the city paving S600 a year, and the 
contract running for three years from January. 
1871. 

The offal is collected from eating-houses, large 
bearding houses and hotels daily, that from dwe-1- 



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ling-bouses weekly. All the offal is delivered at 
Albany Street Depot, ami the same disposed of by 
the contractor ami removed ilaiiy from said depot. 

Nuisancex. Daring the year 1870 2447 persons 
were notified of nuisances existing on their prem- 
ises, and the number exceeds that of 18U0 by 1727, 
during the same period. Orders were passed by 
t. lie Board directing these nuisances lo lie abated, 
and the expense charged to the parties neglecting 
to -conform to notices served. Of this number a. 
large. proportion were complied win, an ■' the work 
performed by the city was comparatively small. 
-More than two-thirds of the amount expended for 
n: nuisances was charged to th: dredging of 
Charles Kivn . 

fheiv are certain localities where the drainage 
: s sadly defective, ana special attention is called 
'.at portion of the Highland District compris- 
ing Ward IB. The most prominent, and those that 
should receive immediate attention, are Phillips, 
Smith, Ward, liallock. Mindoro and Prentiss 
. Cove street and those streets south of 
\\ ay street leading from Harrison avenue souther- 
ly and running to Albanj street also require atten- 
tion. 

Inspections of fat-boiling and other offensive 
i rades axe often made, and a marked improvement 
has taken place in the consumption of noxious 
gases from such establishments. 

l'he subject of public urinals is again referreJ 
lo, with the necessity for their establishment at 
proper locations, ant the statement of opposition 
by owners of buildings again their construction 
on their property. During the year the depart- 
UK an whs obliged to remove one from a great thor- 
oughfare, and the subject is commended to the 
attention of the Committee on Health. 

Ducks. Nuisances mac been abated by the con- 
struction of Atlantic avenue, but there yet remains 
a large number that are a source of complaint 
from the inhabitants, calling; for early action. 

7'. i.i in nl Buililwgs. 'I his class of 'buildings has 
received more than ordinary attention from this 
department during the year. 

Their present condition is far above that of any 
previous year since the organization of this de- 
partment, and with the increased demand for such 
habitations for the last few years, the Superin- 
tendent says there are but few that are not habit- 
at tie at the present time. 

The subject of the construction of wooden build- 
ings is referred to as tailing for judicious legisla- 
tion on account of their large increase. By their 
erection light and air ou narrow streets aij to a 
certain extent shut out fi on> the inmates, and the 
Superintendent is of opinion that legislation is 
demanded, it being the opinion of many that they 
should be of brick only. 

A quotation is made' Irom the report ofthe Com- 
mittee on Health on this subject, and it is remark- 
ed that many ofthe/ streets are at a lower grade 
than those of their surroundings, and in such 
cases they are a receptacle of waste water, dirt, 
dko., ami as parties -building upon such streets are 
not required to obtain a building permit in all 
cases, the tenements are placed at low grades and 
often upon marshy and low lands, without the 
proper means of drainage, causing a nuisance to 
the immediate neighborhood. A law or ordinance 
is recommended w hereby a permit for building 
should in all eases be required from the city be- 
fore constructing the same. 

In many locaties the drainage is very imperfect 
and the results that follow are a great annoyance 
to all interested. Parties snouUr be compelled to 
place tenements at a proper grade, without regard 
to location. The evils of building upon marsh and 
low lands and upon narrow streets are remarked 
upon as increasing and requiring interference. 

Ihe Board of Health being invested with great 
powe s and the public necessity of stringent laws 
for the protection of the community, they should 
exercise that right and place this department in 
possession of laws or ordinances, that can be en- 
forced. 

An extract from the report of the Committee on 
Health, relative to inspection of tenement houses, 
is made, upon which it is remarked: 

'•inspection of tenement buddings have been 
made weekly, and in addition ta the notices served 
parties have been waited upon and accompanied 
the Inspector to premises requiring attention from 
the department. The result has proved beneficial 
and a manifest disposition to forthwith place the 
premises in a condition which should be tenable 
Ins been shown by those having charge Of the 
property." 



Following another extract from the report of 
the committee, it is said that twenty-seven orders 
to vacate premises have been passed, and but one 
building has been closed, parries conforming to 
the requirements of the department and proceed- 
ing at once to place their buildings in a tenantable 
condition. 

The report is accompanied by a schedule of the 
property of the department, amounting to 
.$104,119 19. Of this amount 123 horses and har- 
nesses, at $400 each, give $51,200; 38 one-iioise 
wagons for offal, at $225 each, $8550; 88 dirt carts, 
.* 150 each, $13,200; 11 one-horse wagons for cess- 
pool?, $300, $3300; 3 prison vehicles $1300; 122 
sleds for offal and ashes, $0150. The stock of 
horses amounted to 144 during the year; 25 horses 
were purchased, 3 died, G were sold, G exchanged, 
and I was killed. 

UEPOKT OF SUPEKI>'fEKDEXT OF SEWERS. 

The Superintendent of Sewers reports as the 
amount of expenditures of his department during 
the year as follows: 

Sawcr appropriations $1 >4,.v>"> at 

Atlantic Avenue Loan 29,674 ii 

.Public Lam! appropriation 4U.i 4ii 

$150,716 23 

Schedules are given showing the location, 
length, size, kind, and cost of sewer* laid during 
the year. A recapitulation gives the following re- 
sult: 

City Proper II ,400 feet. S79.2I9 04 

Saath Boston 5,'«> " !4,17J 6i 

East Boston 645 '* l,ijii"4l 

Boxbury 10,777 "■ 88,442 23 

Dorchester 31U " 7U0 25 

Miscellaneous expenses.. 16,516 62 

2'J,0J:J " 8150,716 25 

In addition there has been laid by the State 
Commissioners on Back Bay lands, in Dartmouth 
street 1400 feet, and in passageways 4510 leec, mak- 
ing: the whole length laitl in the city this year 
34,033 feet, or about 6% miles, and the total length 
oJ sewers 112 miles. 

Ot the amount expended by the city there has 
ijcen assessed upon estates benefited &52,300 03. 
The Treasurer has collected during the year as- 
sessments amounting to $44,000 01. The superin- 
tendent has collected for fees, use of tools, &c, 
$2848 87, making a total of collections $47,508 88. 

During the year 1412 permits have been given to 
construct or repair house drains, 113 man holes 
covered with iron covers, and 233 man hoics 
cleaned containing 312 loads of sewage matter. 

Kariy in the year an agreement was made by 
which the city purchased the sewers laid by the 
\V*ater Power Compan, upon the Back Bay lands, 
and assessed the usual proportion of the cost up- 
on the abutting estitcs. The actual cost of these 
sewers was $30,011 70. The amount assessed 
(three-fourths of cost) $27,008 3G. Of these as- 
sessments a portion had been previously settled 
by payment to the Water Power Company, an 1 
there has been abated on this account $5,523 54. 
• if the remainder, the Treasurer has collected 
$5983 31. 

Reference is mat'e to the construction of the At- 
lantic avenue sewer, by which the outlets of seven 
large sewers were cut off, and an arrangement 
was made for their disclarge by one common out- 
let at the end of Central wharf. The cost of the 
whole improvement, which has been completed 
♦his year, Ins been $43,17889, and bv the provisions 
of the act will soon be assessed upon the various 
corporations and individuals which have receive 1 
benefit therefrom. 

The large sewer in Concord street, built to in- 
creased the storeage and discharge from the south 
bind system, has also been completed to ti le-watgr 
and furnished with double self-acting tide-gates. 
Its effect in relieving the other outlets is very 
marked, but as yet no opportunity has offered for 
determining the amount of benefit arising from it 
during a heavy rain at high water, which is the 
period of danger to the cellars of the district. 

No complaint has been presented from the 
Church Street Territory since the improvements 
were carried out, and it is hoped that during -the 
coming, year the whole drainage, system, of th i 
suff ilk.at :e st District will n ■ raj> is&<:u?te I wit i 
an independent outlet to tide-water, and I y dis- 
connecting it entirely from D i.e.- street and tiv 
sewers above to make it perfect in itself,, besides 
relieving, the southern territory by an equal 
amount of drainage arc l. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



The little that lias boon (lone iii Dorchester was 
not, for. the conveyence of house drarnpge, but to 
pn serve what will be a useful outlet intbe future, 
and it is apparent that most drainage works iii 
that section will consist in the improvement of 
existing ater courses for the purpose of reclaim- 
ing swamp lands, rather than for the disposal of 
bouse dram: 

The proposed improvement of .stony Brookre- 
; " in > afl year, no active measures having 
b( en taken by the city, although petitioned to do 
so by its or. u citizens, and also by the neighboring 
corporation of West Koxbury, which has expend- 
ecl considerable money in linproving the channel 
of the stream within its own limits. 

.'. table, sbowing the daily rain fall at the -South 
1 aril, makes the total tor the year 5.1.7;; inches. 

i'A JSB£ II;. .: TttE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of K. A. Duikoe, .Mary A. K. Pbis- 
ter, and T. C. Smith were referred, m concurrence. 

the following oidcrs were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Older i or Comnlittee on Assessors' Department 
to consider the expediency oi' increasing the num- 
ber of assessment districts. 

Order lor Committee on fire Department to pro- 
vide a suitable location for Engine is. 

Aldermen Pierce and Cutter were joined to the 
Committee to nominate Overseers of the Poor. 

Aldermen Little and Cowrlin were joined to the 
Committee to nominate a City surveyor. 

The order for a Joint Special Committee to pro- 
vide soup for the poor until April, 18/1, coming up, 

On motion of Alderman OU son it was indefinite- 
ly postponed. 

'ihe order to provide members of the Common 
Council with new badges, the expanse to bo 
charged to the Appropriation for Incidentals, was 
considered. 

Alderman Tinnier said he did not know the 
object el' these badges. Twentv years ago, when 
he was a member of the Common Council, such 
tliii gs were not known, and lie had vet to leam 
that these badges amounted to anything. The ex- 
pense's of thecity we're increasing from vear toy.ar 
for such ornaments, which amounted to a consid- 
erable sum— expenditures which the taxpayers 
should not be subjected to. This was but an eiitei- 
mg wedge to a thousand and one useless outlays 
winch the city would be called upon to pay if not 
stopped; it was one of a rcries oi' demoralizing 
expenditures, and lie was opposed to it in the out- 
let, and should vote against it. 

'lhe vote on concurring was lost. 

At the request of the Common Council, the 
Mayor appointed the members special pi dice offi- 
cers without pay, and the nominations were con- 
firmed. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Aldcrina-.i Gibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported iii favor of the transfer of stalls 
Kp.TOirna 72, and of cellar Ao. 12, Faueuil Hall 
.Market. Accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
cei.6es, reported iu favor of licenses, as follows: 
X. \\ iliis Prptt for ieave to give a concert at Kliot 
Hall, Jan. PJ; George U.Ford to give a series of 
stinday evenug readings at Fraternity Hall: M. 
T. JDole to give Sunday school exhibitions at Eliot 
Hal; on Sunday evenings'; Joseph .Meeker to ex- 
hibit a cobection of wax statuary, at corner of 
Lenox and Washington streets; 'also to sundry 
persons, for wagon licenses, to keep an intelli- 
gence otlice, for an auctioneer's license, and tor 
transfer of wagon license. Severally accepted, 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor of petition of James A. Boss, tor 
leave to build a stable for twelve horses on wharf 
at the comer oi Albany and Dover streets; and 
leave to withdraw on petition of Brock & Crane, 
to build a stable on Adams and Washington 
streets, 'Tar I it;. Severally accepted. 

Ald'eimah Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported leave to withdraw on the petition of 
E. A. Knowlton and otticis to construct a bay 
window at \No. 13 South Kussoli street. Accepted 

COMStlSSKHTKBS OV sl>'i:i:;o 1"NCS. 

Alderman Pierce, from (he special committee 
appo uted to nominate two candidates for Com- 
missioners <;f the sinking Funds from the citizens 
at large, made a report recommending the election 
of Newton Talbot for two years, and John O. Poor 
for one year, as members of said Board of Com- 
missioners. 



The Board proceeded to an election resulting as 
follows: Newton Talbot, 12; John O. Poor, II. 

TBC3TEES OF (11 V HOSPITAL 
Alderman Plume: - , from the special committee 
appointed to nominate candidates for Truste 
tiro City Hospital made a report in i<;ut at ibis 
time, by rccon. mending the election of the follow-; 
ing-natned persona as representatives oi Uie City 
Council : 
Board of Aldermen— HeBry L Pie: 

Coinmonl-ounci.-M!- - ;^, 1 :—^'-- 

An election for such Trustees resulted as fol- 
lows: Henry I.. Pierce, II; Thus. W. Brown, Jr., 
l-'; Stephen L. ninety, ii; Dr. Foye, i. 

'11U ri_l> IJ.oi j HOPE CEWETBET. 

Ald< rman White, from the Committee t > N'nfei?- 
nate Candidates for Trustees of .Mount ii >pe Cem- 
etery, made a report, in part, by recommending 
the election of the tollowirg-natned persons as 
representatives of the City Council. 

Hoard of Aidcnn? 1 '— IC.lw.ird A. White; C iiflraon 
Council — KttmUhd B. Vauuevat, John >. M union. 

Ou a i. allot the vote was: K Iward A. White, II; 
E. B. Yani/ovar, 12; Joha S. Moulton, 11. 

Alderman Cowdfu offered the following order: 

ordered. That the Committee on ordinances be 
requested to report an ifrdmanse requiring the 
Water Board to ascertain, by sufficient water 
meters, the quantity of water used in all cases ex- 
cept for extinguishing fire's and for public foun- 
tains— said meters to he furnished at tne expense 
of tire water-takers: also requiring a sun able 
siop-Cock U» be attached to all water pipes at the 
point where they enter dveeliing-hous"s, in sueh 
maimer than the Water may be cut off a: nigh: t > 
prevent freezing. 

Alderman Cov/Jin, in support of the order, re- 
ferred to the danger of a lading supply of water, 
and the necessity of preventing waste in every 
possible way, and state I, as within ins knowledge, 
that, during the lave cola snap, many persons hi 
stables anu bouses allowed the water to run all 
night through fear that the pipes would freeze up. 
The remedy proposed by the order would, in a 
great measure, prevent this waste, as all the water 
supplied wouid have to be paid for. 

Alderman Jenkins said he would rather think of 
the matter before voting for the order, and be was 
not prepared to vote on it at this time. He hoped 
it would not be passed immediately. 

The order was referred to the" Committee on 
Water, on motion of Alderman Pope. 

OB DEBS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Oibson, 

Ordered, That 2000 copies of tiie Annual Beport 
ol the Chief of Police be printed. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That H is Honor the .Mayor be and he is 
hereby authorized to execute an I deliver to Moses 
Kimball an agi cement of the city of Bost jii to con- 
vey to said lvimoall a parcel of land belonging to 
s i: I city, containing al.'Olit 12W> square feet, situ- 
ated at the southeasterly corner of Oliver and 
sturgis streets, in Boston "upon the terms lixed ' y 
the Committee of the Board of Aldermen of the 
year 1S70 on baying Out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, Thai, tke superintendent - el" streets be 
authorized to grant permission to Jewettii Pit oh, 
er to put a truss foot-bridge over and across Oleu- 
den street. East Boston, from the third scory oi 
Olendon Fact >rv to the third st uy of the s.oie- 
house belonging to the same; provided voat said 
Jewett <& livelier snail brsc give to this ciiy an 
agreement in writing, satisfactory to tba City >..■- 
licicor, to save harmless the city from ail dam- 
ages, costs aud expenses which may result from 
tile erection and maintenance of B til loo;-bri Ige 
across said (jioudon street: and provided said 
Jewect & Pitcher shall remove sail bridge when 
ordered so to do by ill ! B ur I of Alderm 

Ordered, That tiic Superintendent of sireets.be 
authorized to grant permission to Naylor&Co. 
to lay an iron pipe iu Dorchester avenue, from 
Dorr stree; to the Norway Iron Works, for the 
purpose of supplying said "works with water from 
a spring on their premises on said Dorr street, 
provided that said N&ylor & Co. shall first give to 
the city an agreement in writing, satisfactory to 
the Oiiy Solicitor, to save the city harmless from 
all damages, costs and expenses which m iv result 
fioin the laying of said pipe iii said Dorchester 
avenue: ami provided said Naylor A; C '. shall 
remove said pipe whenever ordered so to do by 
the Board ot Aldermen. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 



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Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorised be i - 
liiiui to uelra ol Joshua Bennett the sum of .Si- ^j, 

1 .uiil i.y iiiein in. abateiueat ot nuisance uo U4 
severe «t screec, said parties not being n.ib.e lor 
amount so assessed. 

unified, iinu the Superintendent of Health bs 
authorized during the present municipal year to 
make contracts, sutjec; t > th ; supervision ot the 
Committee on Health, lor tae purchase of sueh 
qu intities ol hay or grain; ami lor sac j hoists as 
ins department may from time tj tuns require; 
also bit n.-n material as shoii be required fer the 
use of tliis department. 

urdeiv I. That cue Superintendent of Health te 
directed, an til otherwise oriere I, t> enforce the 
provisions of section 54 o1 the lle.iltli ordinance, 
and for that purpose that he be enrooted to issue 
unuu illy a limned number of licenses t « such per- 
sons as the Co mail t tee on Health shall approve, to 
remove gre t^e, Dunes, an 1 refuse suostauees (ex- 
cept house offal) from cellars, st ires an 1 houses in 
ihe cloy, upon such terms and conditions- as the 
Commitaes on Health sh iU ueem uecesaary ; pro- 
vide. i til ' tee to be paid for any such license snail 
no exceed one dollar. 

ordered, That durinj the present municipal year 
w iienevcr this Board, as a board o." Health cannot 
erenieut'y assembled, or whenever any seri- 
ous emergency snail exist, tho Committss on 
Health are hereby aitrhorried to act as agj.itsot 
this Board m mat.ers relating to health of the city, 
and the I'ort i'hysician as an agent of this Board in 
matters perraiuing to the external heauh of th3 
c ty, especiall) wicnin the limits of tas established 
quarantine grounds. 

orders were passed declaring the tenement house 
owned ny ('. L). Holmes, iSo.o .North Centre street, 
to he a nuisance, by reason of dirt and tilth, and 
unfit for habitation ; also the bouse Jfos. 8ts4-3t>8 
Federal street, owned by Natium Brigham, to oe a 
nuisance, hy reason of want of repair, and that th3 
same be vacate I within ten days. 

Orders were also passed to abate nuisances in 
rieas iut street »nd in rear of Kudicoic street. 

Alderman Gibson, offerjd the following order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Police be au- 
thorize! lo furnish soap or other suitable refresh- 
ments, for the temporary relief of the poor during 
the col l season, and distribute the same from the 
police stations, or otherwise, in. such manner as 
they may deem expo lien c; th3 expense, not ex- 
ceeding ?;;5JJ, to be charged to the appropriation 
for Police. 

fhe order was read once and laid over, and sub- 
sequently Alderman Cow.liu moved to ta'.ce it tip. 

Alderman Plume? saiil he shoul I preler 10 have 
this order lie over, for lie douoted the expe lieucy 
of such measures, an I woul I line to consider the 
subject and make inquiries in relation t > it. 

Alderman Cowd'm said he belii/e I i; to be the-'r 
duty to look after the poor. Amplications werj 
frequently made' at his office for ail by wor.h/, 
starving poor, and there were ma ly woo waul I 
rather sr.r.c than beg, but could g3". relief by 
sen liag a child to get a pail of s.mp t j th3 s;atiorj 
bouses, if this order passed, "sarh persons 
woul. I rather die than have die name of goine; to 
the pqorhouse As the guardians ot the p >or, ta sy 
should not let them sutler on account ol their pov- 
erty. In som3 instances a supply could be given 
to several persons at a small pittance. 

It happened that he was in a neighborhood 
where there were ofteu eight or ten families in a 
h uise, with little to do and in want, an I if they 
were ssut to the Cli irity Bail ding, som »oo lynxust 
be sent to inquire after them, and while running 
back and birth with so much red tape, they would 
starve oefore getting relief. A man with one arm 
recently came to him who had nothing with which 
to pay his rent, an I wished ail f >r a few days until 
he could gst something to do. This was hard, and 
should we say we do not feel it to be our duty to 
help such persons? He hoped this order would 
pass, although somewhat different from that from 
the Common Council, and it might answer as well 
as that would. 

Alderman I'lumer said it was always an ungra- 
cious task to seem to oppose auv measure for the 
relief of the poor; out he had aiwavs doubted the 
good of this kind of charity. He would like to 
nave had an opportunity to make inquiries on the 
subject, and ascertain to what cxtmt, if any, this 
kin J of aid should be granted. It could 1'ot be 
douoted that this was brought up under generous 
impulses, but he could not vote for the expendi- 
ture o," the public money with mt knowing more 
the uecessity tor it. ne should have, preferred 



that the order be ) lid over, that he might inquire 
of. those who knew more the wants of tne poor, the 
nnnagcrs of charities, city missionaries, sisters of 
charity, or others. 

It was no? to be doubted that this would all be 
accepted, if provided, Tor in such matters, it 
grows by wtiat it feeds upon. The problem Of pub- 
lic charities had never been solved, and it could 
not be said that this city was derelict in duty in 
providing for the poor. Besides, this kind of aid 
tends to ury up private individual sources of chal- 
ky, and gives by the public that which they slnuld 
receive by private hands. After all, it did not 
provide for the worst cases. The Master had said : 
"The poor ye nave with you always," and it was 
an individual duly to look after the wants of the 
poor, on these grounds he opposed the order, and 
if taken up now he should vote against it. 

Alderman Cow.liu said he hoped the order would 
be disposed of now. If the Alderman would go 
with him tomorrow, he would show him cases 
which would convince him of the necessity of pro- 
viding tnis aid. There was any quantity of poor in 
1! iston; business was never more dull fhau now, 
and many would starve before applying for help. 
With this provision, some would send to the sta- 
tion House fjr soup who would not ask for aid. 
He hoped the order wcuUI pass. The facts he had 
stated were so, and could not be gainsaid. He had 
no doubt the gentleman was honest in his views , 
but he should' speak for the poor. 

Alderman Wo'oliey said he knew there was a 
necessity for the proposed provision, for he fre- 
quently met with applications in his own ward 
trom those woo were iu want, an I knew of tlirce 
families of six or eight persons who wete actual- 
ly starving. He hoped the order would pass in 
order that relief may be granted in som3 way, but 
would have preferred thai which came from the 
Common Council. 

Alderman Gibson sail the reason this had not 
been called for by petition was necause it was the 
name or similar to tho order of past winters, and 
it was expected by all classes of the community. 
There were always deceivers, and they may get a.i 
advantage from this; but, there are a vast number 
of little cnildren who are suffering from want. If 
half of this goes to rogues and the other half to 
litde children, then it would be well enough. He 
lia.e.l to press a member of this Board to a vote, 
an 1 generally believed that in voting the people's 
m ui'ey an order should lie over, but he believed 
this would be found to be one of the best courses. 
There are many laboring men who do not know 
where to get their bread and butter, and he should 
vo^e for the order. 

Alderman Piumer said he did not suppose there 
was th's exigency for the order, from the subject 
noc being brought before the various boards of 
charities, and he tnought he was in the way of 
hearing ol such matters. Doubtless there is a 
great deal of want, and this would les-;3ii it but 
lUt'c. He would like to have qmstioned th3 
Chief of Police as to the effect of such measures. 
Unless an exigency was shown, lie could not vote 
for the order. 

Al-lermiu Uibson sa : d it wis a customary or.ler, 
and it wai not usual f.,r people to petition for it, 
buc tti^v expect the Government to originate it. 

The order was taken up and passed. 

Th3 following orders were severally read once 
and laid over: 

On motion of Al lermiu fierce, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grant permits to open the.streets in 
accordance with the ninth cud tenth sections of 
the ordinance relating to streets. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
on I'avmg, to grant permits for moving buildings 
througn the public streets of this city. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
on Paving, to contract from time to time for the 
purchase and exchange of horses, the supply of 
hay, grain, paving-stones, gravel and other mate- 
rials for the operations of the Paving Department 
during the present municipal year. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to set the eilgestones when furnished 
by the abutters, ou any of the public streets of the 
city, and to pave the gutters on said streets when 
deemed expedient by the Committee on l'aving. 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to lay flagging crosswalk? on the pub- 
lic streets ot the city vvnen deemed expedient by 
tlio Committee on l'aving. 



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B O A R I) OF ALDE 11 M K N 



ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
authorized, under the direction of the Committee 
on Paving, to number or renumber any street, 
court, or place within the city limits, whenever in 
the opinion of said committee the public conven- 
ience will be promoted thereby. 

Alderman Jenkins ottered the following: 

Ordered, That there he paid to the heirs of Ellen 
M. Marston §86 80 for land taken and all damages 
occasioned by the laying our, widening and exten- 
sion of Cliff street; to he charged to the appropri- 
ation for Laying out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to .Mary 1*. Humph- 
ries 851)55 for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the extension of Harrison avenue In- 
order of November 11, 1870;] to be charged to the 
Harrison Avenue Extension Loan. 

Ordered, That there he paid to Elizabeth A., wife 
of Samuel A. Brooks, 9533!) lor land taken and all 
damages occasioned by the extension of Harrison 
avenue; to be charge;! to the Harrison Avenue Ex- 
tension Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to John F. Newton 
$G77U 25 for land taken and all damans occasioned 
by the extensiou of Harrison avenue r^to be chaigid 
to the Harrison Avenue Extension Loan. 

Alderman Jenkins stated that the above orders 
were by estimates made by the Committee on 
streets of the last Board of Aldermen. 

Alderman 1'ope offered the following: 



Ordered, That the sum of S133 75 assessed upon 
Nathan Marthews for a sewer in Newton street 
and passageways, be ahated, and the same amount 
assessed upon James Walsh. 

Also, that the sum of J90 211, assessed upon Al- 
vah Kittredge for a sewer in Centre and Linwooa 
streets, be abated, and the same amount assessed 
ui)on .Margaret, s. Merrill. 

Alderman White offered the following: 

Ordered, That the list of jurors in the city, who 
are qualified to serve in the several courts of the 
county oi Suffolk, be revised by thi Hoard and he 
posted in the City Hall and Court House, and be 
thereafter wards submitted to the Common Coun- 
cil for revision and acceptance pursuant to 1 

The usual rules and regulations for the govern- 
ment of licensed minors were read once. 

Alderman Little ottered the following : 

Ordered, That there he allowed and paid to Un- 
social Law Library, under the provisions of the 
General Statutes, 'chapter 83 and chapter. 215 of 
the acts of" 18(iJ, the sum of 81000, and that [the 
same I e charged to the appropriation for the 
County of Suffolk. 

ORDlilt OF NOTICE. 

Ou the petition of C. If. Uichard?on & Co , for 
permission to erect and use a stationary engine on 
Albany street, east of the Locomotive Works. 
Hearing .Monday. Feb. 0,4 I*. M. 

Adjourned. 



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COMMON CO U N C I L 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
JANUARY 19, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7'., o'clock, 
Matthias Rich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OK VI.DKKMKX. 

The remonstrances of the oversee s of the Poon 
of .lames M. Beebeand others. Win. Gray and oth- 
ers, and of Edward E. Hale and others, against 
the erection of a Home for the Poor at Deer Is- 
land, were referied, in concurrence. 

The reference to the Committee on Water "f an 
order respecting- water meters and stop-cocks was 
concurred in. 

The order authorizing an agreement to he deliv- 
ered to Moses Kimball for the eonveyauce of n 
parcel of land, at the corner of Sturgis'and Oliver 
streets, containing aliout 1206 square feet, on the 
tenas fixed by the committee of 1870 on the sub- 
ject, was passed. 

The reports of committees to nominate Trustees 
of City Hospital, Commissioners of the Sinking 
Fund, and Trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery, with 
the certificates of elections by the Board of Al- 
dermen, were severally read, when the elections 
were laid over, under the rule. 

The certificate of the appointment of members 
of the Common Council as special police officers, 
witbout pay, was read and ordered to be placed on 
file. 

DIRECTORS FOB PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

The election of Directors for Public Institutions 
was taken up, when the report of Committee on 
Nominations was accepted, and the Council pro- 
ceeded to a ballot, Messrs. Barnes of Ward 1, Bon- 
ner of Ward 2, and Kendall of Ward 3 acting as a 
committee to receive, sort and count the votes. 
The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 5H 

Necessary to a choice 2H 

Aklei man Samuel Talbot, Jr 56 

Councilman Herman D. Bradt 54 

Stephen R. Niles 33 

" William Say ward 28 

There was one vote each for candidates for the 
Cocbituate Water Board and one for Trustees of 
the Public Library. 

Messrs. Talbot, Bradt and Niles were declared to 
be elected, Mr. Niies in place of Mr. Sayward, the 
nominee of the committee. 

COOH1TTJATE WATER BOARD. 

The report of the Committee on Nomination of 
Candidates for the Cochituate Water Board was 
accepted, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion, Messrs. Vannevar of Ward 8, 1< landers of 
Ward 5 and Barker of Ward f> acting as a commit- 
tee to receive, sort and count the votes. The com- 
mittee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 50 

Necessary to a choice 30 

Alderman Avery Plume 13 

" Leonard R. Cutter 45 

Councilman Sidney Squires 3S 

" Albeit C. Pond 37 

Amos L. Noyes 42 

.loseph II. Barnes I 

Messrs. Cutter, Squires and Noyes were declared 
to be elected, Mr. Squires only, of the nominees of 
the committee. 

The election of Trustees of the Public Library 
was taken up. when, on motion of Mr. Niles of 
Waidti.it was postponed to the next meeting of 
the Council. 

A communication was received from the Street 
Commissioners, as follows: 

Boston, Jan. 18, 1871. 
To the Honorable Ci/ji Council: 

The Board of Street Commissioneis most re- 
spectfully represent that there is no appropriation 
to which the incidental expenses of the Commis- 
sion can be properly charged, and the Board there- 
fore respectfully ask that an appropriation suili 



cient to meet such expenses for the remainder of 
the present financial year, say $500. may be made. 

Foi the Board of street Commissioners. 

Jos. Smith, Chairman. 

The question being on referring the communica- 
tion to the Committee on Finance, Mr. Flynn of 
Ward 7 moved its reference to the Committee on 
Streets, winch was lost, when the reference to the 
Committee on Finance was carried. 

The President announced, as changes on com- 
mittees already nublished, but made since the first 
announcement of standing committees, the sub- 
stitution of .Mr. Auams in place of Mr. Locke on 
Bathing, am: of Mr. Locke in place of Mr. Adams 
01) streets. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AMI) REFERRED. 

Trustees of Box bury Latin School, for an appro- 
priation of S1500 to meet increased expenses. Re- 
lerred to Committee on Public Instruction. 

Samuel B. Cruft and others, against the location 
of the Home for the Poor at Deerlsland. Referred 
to Committee on Public Institutions. 

H. H. Bowditcb, to be appointed City Forester. 
Referred to Committee on Common and Squares. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14. from the Special Commit- 
tee appointed tonoininate candidates for Directors 
of the Last Boston Ferries, made a rep >rt in part, 
at this time, recommending the election of the 
following-named persons as representatives of the 
City Council: From the Board of Aldermen — 
Nehemiah Gibson; Common Council — Solomon A. 
Woods, Frederick Pease. 

The report was laid over under the rule. 

Mr. Sayward ot Ward 10, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Public Buildimrs, made a re- 
port that an additional amount will be required 
to meet the necessary expenditures for Grammar 
Schools, Public Buildings, for the remainder 
of the financial year. The schools in Dorchester, 
Primary, as well as Grammar, not being in sepa- 
rate buildings, as in the city proper, their expeuses 
have all been charged to this appropriation, thus 
increasing the amount of expenditures for Gram- 
mar Schools; aud the committee propose to equal- 
ize the payment by a tiansfer from the appropri- 
for Primary Schools, Publio Buildings. They 
therefore recommend the passage of the accom- 
panying order: 

Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts be au- 
thorized to transfer the sum of §15,000 from the 
appropriation for Primary Schools, Public Build- 
ings, to the appropriation for Grammar Schools, 
Public Buildings. 

The order was read once. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Rowe of Ward 10, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 
Water be requested to inquire aud report on the 
feasibility of enlarging the present source of sup- 
ply of water for the city of Boston, and whether it 
is expedient to take any action on tbe subject at 
this time. 

Mr. Roberts of Ward 11 offered the following 
order : 

Ordered. That one member of the Common 
Council be added to the Committee on the Sol- 
dier's Monument, making the number five instead 
of four. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to lay the order on 
the table. 

The motion was lost, when thf order was passed, 
and Mr. Roberts was added to the Committee. 

On motion of Mr. Bradt ol Ward 14, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings consider the expediency of providing a new 
ward room for Ward 14. 

On motion of Mr. Pope of Ward 1C, 

Ordered, That , with such as the Board of 

Aldermen may join, be appointed a committee to 
nominate a candidate for Commissioner of Cedar 
Grove Cemetery, to serve for five years. 

Messrs. Pope* of Ward Hi. Long of Ward 8, aud 
Salmon of W ard 3, were appointed the committee 
on the part of the Common Council. 

On motion of Mr. Gragg of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings consider and report on the expediency of pro- 
viding an armory for Company F, First Regiment 
of Intantry, M. V. M., in connection with the new 
ward room in Ward 14. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 28, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Alder mon was held this afternoon at four o'clock, 
Mayor Gaston presiding. 

APPOINTMENT MADE AND COXPTBMEB, 

The appointmem bv the City Clerk of Charles 

K. Alley as h'S assistant, in accordance with the 
city ordinances, was suomifted to the -Beard and 
confirmed. 

CONVENTION WITH THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

A proposition for a convention with the School 
Committee, Fob. 14, to fill a vacancy in that Board, 
was concurred in. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED A.NO REFERRED. 
Elizabeth G. Randall, for abat .-nient ot sidewalk 
assessment on Blue Hid avenue. 

Ann Buchanan, to be paid for grade damages on 
Canton and Trumbull streets. 

Eli Fernald, for the grade ofWewland street, be- 
tween Upton and Dectham streets. 

L. B. Rock wood and others, for a plank sidewalk 
on Elmore street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

.Major Edward M. Onion, for election as City Mes- 
senger; and Soldiers aud Sailors' Association, 
Ward 11, in aid of the same. Ordered to be placed 
on rile. 

A. Shunian, for revision of award of damages for 
extension of Harrison avenue. 

Mary Ann Hopes, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Heirs of Mary Ward, for apportionment of Han- 
over street betterment''. 

Fiebom F. Raymond, that his Hanover street 
betterments be apportioned. 

Charles E. Wiggin, for apportionment of Han- 
over street betterments. 

Benjamin l*. Winslow, executor, for apportion- 
ment of betterments on Atlantic avenue. 

Heirs of Samuel Whitwell, for apportionment of 
Hano*er street betterments. 

W. H. desman, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Helen M. Hobbs, for apportionment of Eliot 
street betterments. 

Executors of George II . Gray, and Benjamin 8. 
Welles and others, trustees, for apportionment of 
Hanover street betterments. 

Chas. F. Kittredge, Amos Farnsworta's heirs, 
Jeflry K. Brackeft and Oco. C.Shattuck. severally 
for apportionment of Hanover street betterments. 

Z. Bassett, for abatement of a poition of assess- 
ment for Atlantic avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on streets 
on the part of this Board. 

Edward II. Maxwell, for leave to purchase a 
piece of land adjacent to So. 18 India wharf. Re- 
I erred to the Joint Coimnitte on Streets. 

Stephen D. Salmon, J r.,and others, that the wagon 
btand at the corner of Causeway and l.everett 
streets be granted to Daniel W. Bugbee. 

Bickuell & Giblin for leave to open a skating 
rink at Neponset. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Foss& Merrill, for leave to erect a stable for four 
horses in Ashton place, rear of Charles street. 

Charles o. Smith, for leave to erect a stable on 
Gold street, between A and 15 streets. 

Thomas Corbett, for leave to erect a stable at No. 
16 Sba77inut place. 

Severally referred to the CommPtee on Health. 

Trustees of New England Female Medical Col- 
lege, that their students be admitted into tho fe- 
male wards of the City Hospital. 

students of Female Medical College, for leave to 
participate in clinical instruction an the City Hos- 
pital. 

Severally referred to the Committee on City 
Hospital. 

Wm. Rerkins, Amos A. Lawrence, A. H. Klce 
and others, against the erection of a House for 
the Boor at Deer Island. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on Public Institutions. 



Volney H. Covell, to be paid for personal in- 
juries sustained from an alleged delect in .Mar- 
shall street. Befened to the Committee on Claims. 

1'. s. & J. B. Huckins and others, for a modifica- 
tion of the ferry tolls for transportation of lumber. 
Referred to the Committee on Ferries. 

Thos. J. Dunbar and others, for leave to remove 
ballast from one portion or Long Island Beach to 
another locality. Referred to Committee on Har- 
bor on the part of this Board. 

RESOLVES CONCERNING THE LATE HON. DAVID 
SEARS. 

The following papers were laid before the Board: 
Executive Department, City Hall, ) 
Boston, Jan. 23, 1871. J 

To the City Council of Boston : 

Gentlemen — 1 transmit herewith a letter from 
Hon. Frederic W. Lincoln, Jr., inclosing resolu- 
tions passed by the Overseers of the Boor, fitly ex- 
pressing their high appreciation of the life and 
services of the late Hon David Sears, and render- 
ing a just tribute to his memory. 

iuliy agreeing with Mr. Lincoln in his estimate 
of the character and services of Mr. Sears, and 
believing the death of so distinguished and useful 
a citizen to be a calamity of such importance as 
to reipure public notice. I respectfully recommend 
that the City Council take some approoriate action 
for the purpose of expressing their profound sense 
of the loss which the community has sustained by 
his death, and their great respect for his charac- 
ter and memory. Wm. Gaston, Mayor. 
Office of Overseers of the Poor, I 
Boston, January 20, 1871. J 
To His Honor William Gaston, Mayor of the City of 

Boston : 

Dear Sir — It is my official duty, in accordance 
with a vote of the Board of Overseers of the Poor, 
to transmit to you the inclosed resolutions which 
were passed by the Board, as a token of respect to 
the memory of the late Hon. David Scars. 

Mr. Sears through a long and honored career as 
a citizen of Boston, ever evinced a warm interest 
in its prosperity. Public spirited and liberal in 
those enterprises or works of philanthropy which 
commended themselves to his judgment while liv- 
ing, he has now departed, leaving however a 
memorial of his interest in the poor and suffering, 
which demands our grateful iemembrance. 

Making the city authorities the almoners of his 
charity, through one of its departments, he had 
the satisfaction of witnessing its successful ad- 
ministration before he died; and we cannot but 
hope that the trust thus committed to its officials 
will be sacredly preserved, and will be a constant 
source of comfort and succor to those unfortu- 
nate ones who necessarily must ever form a large 
class of the inhabitants of a great city. 

The Board of Overseers, feeling that the City 
Council would gladly unite in paving this tribute 
of respect to the memory of one of our own most 
eminent citizens, take this method of informing 
it of their action in the matter. 
Very truly yours, 

F. W. Lincoln, Jr., Chairman. 

At a special meeting of the Overseers of the 
Poor, held at their office, Charity Building, Tues- 
day, January 17, 1871, the following resolutions 
were adopted : 

Resolved. That this Board, trustees of large funds 
created by our late lamented fellow-citizen, tee 
Hon. David Sears, feel constrained, now that his 
long and honored, life is ended, to express our re- 
spect for the wise generosity which prompted him 
in the prime and vigor of his manhood to set apart 
a portion of his substance for the benefit of those 
less favored. His private benefactions, if commen- 
surate with his ample means, ana bestowed with 
that thoughtful consideration for others which he 
evinced in all his private relations, were without 
ostentation, and have another record— but in be- 
half of the beneficiaries of his public charities, 
we bear just and willing tribute to that profound 
sense of religious obligation which had provided 
for the poor of this city, and especially for those 
who, having seen better days may come to want, 
a perennial and ever increasing source of relief 
and comfort. 

Resolved, That we testify our regard for his 
memory by attending his funeral, and that a copy 
of these resolutions be transmitted to his family, 
with our condolence in their bereavement. 

Voted. That these resolves he also communicated 
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to the Mayor, for such action as he may deem ex- 
pedient. 

The foregoing papers having been read. Alder- 
man Talbot offered the following resolution and 
order : 

Kesolved, That the City Council of Boston cannto 
fail to acknowledge the loss which tins communi- 
ty has sustained in the death of its distinguished 
citizen, Hon. David Sears, whose unostentatious 
generosity has lor years contributed' so largely both 
to the temporary and to the permanent alleviation 
of the condition of the poor of Boston. 

ordered, That, ns a mark of regard for the mem- 
ory and services Hi Mr. Sears, the communication 
and resolves of the Overseers of the i^oor, which 
were suggested by his decease, be entered at length 
on the journals of both branches of the City 
Council. 

The resolution and order were passed. 

COMMUNICATION RELATIVE TO THE CATTLE DIS- 
EASE. 

City Physician's Office, ) 
Boston, Jan. 16, 1871. J 
To ihi' Mayor and AMermert, Health commissioners 
pf the City (if Boston: 

Oentlemen— I have the honor respectfully to call 
your attention to the fact that a highly contagious 
disease known as Epizootic aphtha, or foot and 
mouth disease, is rapidly spreading among the cat- 
tle in many towns in this Commonwealth, in order 
that all due precautions may be taken to protect 
the health of the city. 

It is well known that this disease is easily com- 
municated from them to ourselves by eating the 
milk of the affected, as well as by contact, and 
also that the meat of animals killed while sick of 
the same is not healthy. 

A careful inspection of the condition of the 
cows from which we get our supply of milk, as 
well as the milk itself, may be necessary, espe- 
cially should the Commissioners on Contagious 
Diseases in Cattle fail to protect us. 

Said commissioners have already ordered the 
inspection of all cattle before being slaughtered 
at Brighton, &c. 

1 am oi the opinion that especial care should be 
had in regard to allowing fresh meat to be brought 
here from other States, as it is not easy to deter- 
mine whether it is diseased or not. 

1 have the honor to be. 

Very respectfully, 

Your obedient servant, 

W. H. Page, 

City Physician . 

Referred to Committee on Health. 

Alderman Talbot presented the following com- 
munication: 

Office of Board of 
directors for public institutions. 
Boston, Jauuary 23, 1871. 
To the Honorable the City t towncil of Boston ■■ 

Gentlemen — The Board of Dire'ctois for Public 
Institutions respectfully request that the ordinance 
of December 12, 1802, in relation to this Board, 
page 400 of laws and ordinances, be amended as 
fallows, viz.: 

In section 7, by striking out the words "When 
the supplies or materials to he obtained exceed in 
value the sura of three hundred dollars, the Board 
shall advertise, in the newspapers employed by the 
citv to publish its advertisements, for sealed'pro- 
posals to furnish such supplies or materials, de^ 
scrirwng particularly the duality and quantity re- 
quired, and the times and'places of delivery. Such 
proposals as may be received shall he opened at a 
public meeting of the Board, and the contract 
shall he awarded to the lowest bidder; provided 
the Board shall deem it for the best interest of the 
city, and the person contracting shall furnish sar- 
istaetory security for the faithful performance of 
his contract/' 

Also, that Section 8 of the same ordinance be so 
amended as to require from the Directors an an - 
nual report only. 

m behalf of the Board of Directors and in ac- 
cordance with its vote, 

Kespectfully, 

J. P. Bradlee, President. 

Keferred to Committee oh Ordinances. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CITV SURVEYOR. 

Alderman White presented the annual report of 
the City Surveyor, which was laid before the Boaid 
in print. 

The expenditures of the office have been as fol- 
lows: 



Appropriation for City Surveyor's Depart- 
ment $i2.333 9(i 

Appropriation for survey of Koxbury 4,US5 97 

Appropriation for survey of Dorchester 3,793 49 

Total.. 530,863 42 

The salaries of City Surveyor and twenty-four 
employes in office amounted "to $19,088 05; books, 
stationery, drawing-paper and material, S1150 12; 
incidental expenses, $815 0G; instruments, ami re- 
pairing of same, .ft 720^1 ; other items were of the 
amount of $255 and under. 

The average number ol persons employed ouring 
the past year and paid from the appropriation for 
this department, was 24; on survey of Koxbury, 6; 
on survey of Dorchester, 5; total, 35. 

Surveys, plans and profiles were made of streets 
on the Suffolk street District, the extension of 
Shawmut a 'enue. widening of streets on Suf- 
folk Street District, and a lithographed plan 
showing all the buildings and estates was pre- 
pared for the use of the city. A survey ot all 
the estates to be affected by the grading of Fort 
Hill, with a plan, was also made; also the exten- 
sion of ColumDus avenue rnd widening of King- 
ston street, with plant and profile's of the wharves 
crossed by Atlantic avenue, with the areas. 

Plans and profiles were also made of portions of 
some sixty or seventy streets in the city proper, 
with the grade of many of. them; ot eleven in 
South Boston, two in East Boston, upwards of 
thirty in Koxbury, and twenty in Dorchester. 

The survey id' the Koxbury District was com- 
menced in July, 18G9. There has been expen led 
on it $5974 92 to January 1st, 1871. The work has 
progressed much faster during the past year than 
the previous year, as twice the force has been 
employed on it, — the average number being six 
persons. There are at the present time three par- 
lies employed, consisting of nine persons. It 
should be stated, however, that one of the parties 
employed has been frequently interrupted qnd 
taken off trie regular work, by order of the Com- 
mittee on Streets, to make surveys of several 
street widenings auo extensions in this district. 

The survey is being plotted on sectional plans 
40x52 inches— the scale being twenty feet to an 
inch. 

Fifteen of these plans have been completed; 
twenty are in process of completion, and it is ex- 
pected will be finished by April next. 

It is estimated that the whole survey will require 
one hundred and thirty sectional plans for its com- 
pletion ; and if the present force is retained, it is 
expected that the "field work" of the survey will 
be nearly completed during the present year. 

The plans show ail objects on the lines of the 
streets, such as buildings, walls, fences, and also 
the fronts of the buildings that stand back from 
but are near the street lines. 

The survey of Dorchester was commenced under 
the direction of the City Surveyor, by order of the 
Selectmen, in November, 18G9. The cost of the 
survey (including the amount expended by the 
town of Dorchester), to January 1, 1871, has been 
$5305 16. 

During mist of the past year two parties, con- 
sisting of six persons, have" been employed on this 
survey. The most easterly portion of the district 
has been survived, inelu 'ing that part where the 
population is the mosttknse, and where the streets 
are the most numerous. Ten sectional plans have 
been completed; teu are in process of completion ; 
and it is estimated that the survey of the whole 
district will require one hundred plans for its 
completion. A large amount of "field work" has 
been done, which will be plotted during the pres- 
ent winter. 

It. is expected that the field work of this survey 
will be completed by another fall, and that the 
plans will all be finished (luring another winter. 

This survey is being made similar to th? one in 

the Koxbury District', the plans being made in «ec- 

. tions of the same size as the Koxbury plans; but 

they are drawn to a different scale, being forty 

feet to an inch. 

The lines of the streets in this district are not 
well defined; and in some instances cannot he de- 
termined by any reliable landmarks. Upon the 
completion * of the survey of this ward, I would 
recommend that souk- action be taken by the. city 
io determine and fix the street lines permanently 
by stone' monuments, or other suitable bounds. 

Under the acts of the Legislature of lS7a. foi the 
establishment of >:iue meridian line or lines to be 
perpetuated by substantial stone p->>cs or pillars, 
in consultation with the State Commissioner, a 
suitable locality has been decided upon for the 



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HOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
JANUARY 23, 1871. 



The tegular weekly meeting of tlie Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon ;it lour o'clock, 
.Mayor Gaston presiding. 

APPOINTMENT 'i.UiK A>.'I> CONFIKMEB. 

Tbe appointment bv the ( irv Clerk of Charles 
K. Alley as h's assistant, in accordance with the 
city ordinance.*, was submitted to tbe -Beard and 
confirmed. 

< '(> rVENTlON WITH THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 

\ proposition for a convention with the School 
Committee, Feb. 14, to iill a vacancy in that Board, 
was concurred iu. 

PETITIONS PBE8ENTED ASO KEFEBHED. 

Elizabeth G. Randall, for ahat :ment of sidewalk 
assessment on Blue Hill avenue. 

Ann Buchanan, to be paid for grade damages on 
Canton and Trumbull streets. 

Eii Femald, for the grade offNewland street, be- 
tween Upton and Deoham streets. 

L. B. Bockwood and others, lor a plank sidewalk 
on Elmore street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving, 

.Major Edward M. Onion, for election as City Mes- 
senger; and Soldiers and Sailors' Association, 
Ward 11, in aid of the same. Ordered to be placed 
on tile. 

A. Shuman, for revision of award of damages for 
extension of Harrison avenue. 

Mary Ann Bopes, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Heirs of Mary Ward, for apportionment of Han- 
over street betterment". 

Freborh F. Raymond, that his Hanover street 
betterments l>c apportioned. 

Charles E. Wiggm, for apportionment of Han- 
over street betterments. 

Benjamin 1'. Winslow, executor, for apportion- 
ment of betterments on Atlantic aveuue. 

Heirs of Samuel Whitwell, for appot tionment of 
Hanover street betterments 

W. H. desman, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Helen M . Hobbs, for apportionment of Eliot 
street betterments. 

Executors of George II. Gray, and Benjamin S. 
Welles and others, trustees, for apportionment of 
Hanover street betterments. 

Chas. F. Kittredge, Amos Farnswortirs heirs, 
Jefiry R. Braekeft and Geo. C.ShaUuek. severally 
for apportionment of Hanover street betterments. 

Z. Bassett, lor abatement of a poition of assess- 
ment lor Atlantic avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets 
on the part of this Board. 

Edward If. Maxwell, for leave to purchase, a 
piece of land adjacent to So. 18 India wharf. Re- 
I erred to the Joint Committe on Streets. 

Stephen D.Sal mon, Jr., and others, that the wagon 
stand at the corner of Causeway and I.everett 
streets be granted to Daniel W. Bu'gbee. 

Bickuell & Giblin for leave to open a skating 
rink at Nepunset. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Foss& Merrill, for leave to erect a stable for four 
horses in Astitou place, reai of Charles street. 

Charles o. Smith, for leave to erect a stable on 
Gold street, between A and B streets. 

Thomas Corbett, lor leave to erect a stable at .No. 
16 Sbawmut place. 

Severally referred to the Commi'tec on Health. 

Trustees of New England Female Medical Col- 
lege, that their students be admitted into tho fe- 
male wards of the City Hospital. 

Students of Female Medical College, for leave to 
participate in clinical instruction at the City Hos- 
pital. 

Severally referred to the Committee on City 
Hospital. 

Win. Perkins, Amos A. Lawrence, A. H. Rice 
and others, against the erection of a House for 
the Boor at. Deer Island. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on Public Institutions. 



Volney H. Covell, to be paid for personal in- 
juries sustained from an alleged delect in Mar- 
shall street. Befened to the Committee on Claims. 

B. S. & J. B. Huckins and others, tor a modifica- 
tion of the ferry tolls for transportation of lumber. 
Referred to the Committee on Ferries. 

Thos. J. Dunbar and others, for leave to remove 
ballast from one portion or Cong Island Beach to 
another locality. Referred to Committee on Har- 
bor on the part of this Board. 

RESOLVES CONCEB1TING TIIE LATE HON. DAVID 
SEARS. 

The following papers were laid before the Board: 
Executive Department, City Hall, ) 
Boston, Jan. 23, 1871. j 

To the City Council of Boston : 

Gentlemen — 1 transmit herewith a letter from 
Hou. Krederic W. Lincoln, Jr., inclosing resolu- 
tions passed by the Overseers of the Boor, fitly ex- 
pressing their' high appreciation of the life and 
services of the late Hon David Sears, and render- 
ing a just tribute to his memory. 

luliy agreeing with Mr. Lincoln in his estimate 
of tbe character and services of Mr. Sears, and 
believing: the death of so distinguished and useful 
a citizen to be a calamity of such importance as 
to reipure public notice. I respectfully recommend 
that tbe City Council take some approoriate action 
for the purpose of expressing their profound sense 
of the loss which the community lias sustained by 
bis death, and their great respect for his charac- 
ter and memory. Wk, Gaston, Mayor. 
Office of Overseers of the Poor, I 
Boston, January 20, 1871. J 
To His Honor William Gaston, Mayor of the City of 

Boston : 

Dear Sir— It is my official duty, in accordance 
with a vote of the Board of Overseers of the Boor, 
to transmit to you the inclosed resolutions which 
were passed by the Board, as a token of respect to 
the memory of the late Hon. David Scars. 

Mr. Sears through a long and honored career as 
a citizen of Boston, ever evinced a warm interest 
in its prosperity. Public spirited and liberalin 
those enterprises or works of philanthropy which 
commended themselves to his judgment while liv- 
ing, he has now departed, leaving however a 
memorial of his interest in the poor and suffering, 
which demands our grateful iemembrance. 

Making the city authorities the almoners of his 
charity, tnrough one of its departments, be had 
the satisfaction of witnessing its successful ad- 
ministration before he died; and we cannot but 
hope that the trust thus committed to its officials 
will be sacredly preserved, and will be a constant 
source of comfort and succor to those unfortu- 
nate ones who necessarily must ever form a large 
class of the inhabitants of a great city. 

The Board of Overseers, feeling that the City 
Council would gladly unite in paving this tribute 
of respect to the memory of one of our own most 
eminent citizens, take this method of informing 
it of their action in the matter. 
Very truly yours, 

F. W. Lincoln, Jr., Chairman. 

At a special meeting of the Overseers of the 
Poor, held at their office, Charity Building, Tues- 
day, January 17, 1871, the following resolutions 
were adopted : 

Resolved. That this Board, trustees of large funds 
created by our late lamented fellow-citizen, tne 
Hon. David Sears, feel constrained, now that his 
long and honored, life is ended, to express our re- 
spect for the wise generosiiy which prompted him 
in the prime and vigor of his manhood to set apart 
a portion of his substance for the beuefit of those 
less favored. His private benefactions, if commen- 
surate with his ample means, and bestowed with 
that thoughtful consideration for others which he 
evinced in all his private relations, were without 
ostentation, and have another record— but in be- 
half of the beneficiaries of his public charities, 
we bear just and willing tribute to that profound 
sense of religious obligation which had provided 
for the poor of this city, and especially for those 
who, having seen better days may come to want, 
a perennial and ever increasing source of relief 
and comfort. 

Resolved, That we testify our regard for his 
memory by attending his funeral, and that a copy 
of these resolutions be transmitted to his family, 
with our condolence in their bereavement. 

Voted. That these resolves be also communicated 



JANUARY 23 



1871 



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to rtie Mayor, for such actiou as he may deem ex- 
pedient. 

Tbe foregoing papers having been read ; Alder- 
man Talbot ottered the following resolution and 
order : 

Resolved, That the City Council of Boston cannto 
fail to acknowledge the loss which this communi- 
ty lias sustained in the death of its distinguished 
citizen, Hon. David Seais, whose unostentatious 
generosity lias lor years contributed so largely both 
to the temporary and to the permanent alleviation 
of the condition of the poor of Boston. 

Ordered, That, as a mark of regard for the mem- 
ory and services ot Mr. Sears, the communication 
and resolves of the Overseers of the r"oor, which 
were suggested by his decease, be entered at length 
on the journals of both branches of the City 
Council. 

The resolution and order were passed. 

COMMUNICATION RELATIVE TO THE CATTLE DIS- 
EASE. 

City Physician's Office, ) 
Bosron, Jan. 16, 1871. J 
To the Mayor and Ahli rim n . Health Commissioners 
t-f the Ctn/ of Boston: 

Gentlemen— ] have the honor respectfully to call 
your attention to the fact that a highly contagious 
disease known as Epizootic aphtha, or foot and 
mouth disease, is rapidly spreading among the cat- 
tle in many towns in this Commonwealth, in order 
that all tlae precautious may be taken to protect 
the health of the city. . 

It is well known that this disease is easily com- 
municated from them to ourselves by eating the 
milk of the affected, as well as by contact, and 
also that the meat of animals killed while sick of 
the same is not healthy. 

A' careful inspection of tbe condition of the 
cows from which we get our supply of milk, as 
well as the milk itself, may be necessarv, espe- 
cially should the Commissioners on Contagious 
Diseases in Cattle fail to protect us. 

Said commissioners have already ordered the 
inspection of all cattle before being slaughtered 
at Brighton, &c. 

I am oi the opinion that especial care should be 
had in regard to allowing fresh meat to be brought 
here from other States, as it is not easy to deter- 
mine whether it is diseased or not. 

1 have the honor to be. 

Very respectfully, 

Your obedient servant, 

\v. H. Page, 

City Physician , 

Referred to Committee on Health. 

Alderman Talbot presented the following com- 
munication: 

Office of Board of 
Directors fob Public Institutions. 
Boston, Jauuary 23, i871. 
To the Honorable the City Council, of Boston : 

Gentlemen — The Board of Dire'ctois for Public 
Institutions respectfully request that the ordinance 
of December 12, 1862, in relation to this Board, 
page 400 of laws and ordinances, be amended as 
follows, viz.: 

In section 7, by striking out the words "When 
the supplies or materials to be obtained exceed in 
value the sum of three hundred dollars, the Board 
shall advertise, in the newspapers employed by the 
city to publish its advertisements, lor sealed* pro- 
posals to furnish such supplies or materials, de^ 
scribing particularly the ouality and quantity re- 
quired, and the times and places of delivery. Such 
proposals as may lie received shall be opened at a 
public meeting of the Board, and the contract 
shall lie awarded to the lowest bidder; provided 
the Board shall deem it for the best interest of tbe 
city, and the person contracting shall furnish sat- 
isfactory security for the faithful performance of 
ins contract.'' 

Also, that Section 8 of the game ordinance be so 
amended as to require from the Directors an an - 
nual report only. 

In behalf of the Board of Directors and in ac- 
cordance with its vote, 

Kespectfully, 

J. P. Bradlee, President. 

Referred to Committee on Ordinances. 

annual report of the city surveyor. 

Alderman White presented the annual report of 
the City Surveyor, which was laid before tbe Boaid 
in print. 

The expenditures of the office have been as fol- 
lows : 



Appropriation for City Surveyor's Depart- 
ment $a2.3S3 % 

Appropriation for survey cf Koxbury 4,6S5 97 

Appropiiation for survey of Dorchester 3,793 49 

Total.. $30,863 42 

The salaries of City Surveyor and twenty-four 
employes in office amounted to $111,088 05; books, 
Stationery, drawing-paper and material, §1150 12; 
incidental expenses, #815 06; instruments, and re- 
pairing of same, #720 '.il ; other items were of the 
amount of $255 and under. 

The average number of persons employed during 
the past, year and paid from the appropriation for 
this department, was 24; on survey of Koxbury, 0; 
on survey of Dorchester, 5; total, 35. 

Surveys, plans and profiles were made of streets 
on the Suffolk street District, the extension of 
Shiwmut a 'enue, widening of streets on Suf- 
folk Street District, and a lithographed plan 
showing all the buildings and estates was pre- 
pared tor the use of the city. A survey ot all 
the estates to be attecteJ by the grading of Fort 
Hill, wich a plan, was also made ; also the exten- 
sion of CoJumDits avenue fnd widening of King- 
ston street, with plan* and profiles of che wharves 
crossed by Atlantic avenue, with the areas. 

Plans and profiles were also made of portions of 
some sixty or seventy streets in the city proper, 
with the grade of many of them; of eleven in 
South Boston, two in East Boston, upwards of 
thirty in Koxbury, and twenty in Dorchester. 

The survey of the Koxbury District was com- 
meuced in July, 1860. There has baen expen led 
on it $5974. 92 to January 1st, 1871. The work has 
progressed much faster during the past year than 
the previous year, as twice the force has been 
employed on it, — the average number being six 
persons. There are at the present time three par- 
lies employed, consisting of nine persons. It 
Should be stated, however, that one of the parties 
employed has "oeen frequently interrupted and 
taken off tne regular work, by order of the Com- 
mittee on Streets, to make surveys of several 
street wideuings auo extensions m this district. 

The survey is being plotted on sectional plans 
40x52 inches— the scale being twenty feet to an 
inch. 

Fifteen of these plans have been completed; 
twenty are in process of completion, and it is ex- 
pected will be finished by April next. 

It is estimated that the whole survey will require 
one hundred and thirty sectional plans for its com- 
pletion ; and if the present force is retained, it is 
expected that the ''field work" of the survey will 
be nearly completed during the present year. 

The plans show ail objects on the lines of the 
streets, such as buildings, walls, fences, and also 
the fronts of the buildings that staud back from 
but are near the street lines. 

The survey of Dorchester was commenced under 
the direction of the City Survey r, by order of the 
Selectmen, in November, 1869. The cost of the 
survey (including tbe amount expended by the 
town of Dorchester), to January 1, 1871, has been 
#5305 16. 

During most of the past year two parties, con- 
sisting of six persons, have been employed on this 
survey. The most easterly portion of the district 
has been surveyed, including that part where the 
population is the mostdtiise, and where the streets 
are tbe most numerous. Ten sectional plans hive 
been completed; ten are in process of completion ; 
and it is estimated that the survey of the whole 
district will require one hundred plans fur its 
completion. A large amount of "field work" has 
been done, which will he plotted during the pres- 
ent winter. 

It is expected that the field work of this survey 
will be completed by another fall, and that the 
plans will all be finished- during another winter. 

Tins survey is being made similar to th? one in 

the Koxbury District, the plans being made in «ec- 

. tions of the same size as the Koxbury (dans; but 

they are drawn to a different scale, being forty 

feet to an inch. 

The lines of the streets in this district are not 
well defined; and in some instances cannot be de- 
termined by any reliable landmarks. Upon tbe 
completion * of the survey of this ward, I would 
recommend, that some action be taken by the .city 
to determine and fix tbe street lines permanently 
by stone" monuments, or other suitable bounds. 

Under the acts of the Legislature of 1870, foi the 
establishment of .rue meridian line or lines to be 
perpetuated by substantial stone posts or pillars, 
in consultation with the State Commissioner, a 
Ruitable locality has been lecided upon lor the 



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HO AIM) OF ALDKKMKN 



eiectioD of tin- meridian posts on the southerly 
portion of the "parade ground," on Boston Coin- 
mpn; but at such a distance froni the iron rence, 
ami from the wat-r pipes in that Ideality, As 60 he 
free from all local attraction to the needle. The 
posts arc now being placed in position according 
tp the true meri'lian fine as given by the Mate 
Commissioner; They are three In number, of 
granite, eighteen inches square :it the base, one 
foot Square a( the top, and eight feet long, beirig 
firmly sec in a hell of concrete, with their tops 
just neloyv tbe surface of the ground. A stone 
curb i« placed even with the surface of the ground 
over the lop of each post, with a metallic compo- 
sition cover secured by a slidebolt, hot so ar- 
ranged that the top 01' each post is easily accessi- 
ble. 

In the month of Septenmer list, a report was 
made, at the request or the City council, of the 
estimated 1 xpense Of a survey and' plan of the city 
proper. 

The report, alter being seut to the City Council, 
was referred to the Committee on the City purvey- 
or's ■ Department, Jind at ;i meeting of that com- 
mittee, held November 21, 1870, it, was voted to re- 
fer tin- subject, with other unfinished matters, to 
the next City Council. 

The report is added as an appendix to this re- 
port, ami the estimated cost of a thorough, survey 
was §100,000. 

the foregoing statement shows ouly a portion of 
the work performed in the office, there being work 
of a miscellaneous nature, 111 the giving of grades 
and lines of streets, surveys ana levels, and plans 
for the Paving, Sewer, Public Buildings, Public 
Lands, and other departments. 

Ihe separation of the Engineer's and Surveyor's 
Departments lias proved to be satisfactory to both, 
making the duties of each better managed and 
systematized. There are 3404 classified index 
plans in the surveyor's office There are also 
many plans not indexed, including fifty-two of 
streets in East Boston, forty of streets in South 
Boston, and plans ot twenty-loot streets in South 
Boston, with an increase of bound volumes by 
the audition of copies of official plaus and bv 
the annexation of Koxbitry. 

I'NKIMSHEI) BUSI3IES8. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed : 

lmles and Regulations for government oflicens- 
ed minors. 

Older lor revision of Jurv List for the present 
year. 

Order for Superintendent of Streets to issue 
peimits to move buildings. 

Cider lor Superintendent of Streets to grant 
permits to open streets. 

Order for superintendent 01 Streets to set edge- 
stones, etc., vtiim furnished by abutters. 

Cider for superintendent ol" Streets to regulate 
numbers on buildings. 

Order for superintendent of Streets to lay cross- 
walks in streets. 

Order for superintendent of Streets to purchase 
materials lor paving, etc., under direction of the 
Committee on 1'aving. 

order for abatement of certain assessments for 
sewers in Newton and Centre streets, and for the 
reassessment of the same on other parties. 

Order to pay; John F. Newton $0776 25, for land 
taken on Harrison avenue. 

I bib r t.i pay Elizabeth A. Brooks 55339, for land 
taken on Harrison avenue. 

Order to pay Alary i\ Humphries $5655, for land 
taken on Harrison avenue. 

( frder to pay heirs of Ellen M. Marston !g!86 80, for 
land taken on Cliff street. 

Order to pay the social Law Library $1000, as al- 
owed by law. 

papers Fnofli i-i 1 !-; (xaosas council. 

The petitions of S, B. Graft and others, and of 
Trustees of Koxbury Latin School, were referre 1, 
in concurrence. 

The request of the Street Commissioners for an 
appropriation of #500, for incidental expenses for 
the remainder of this financial year, was referred 
to the committee oh Finance, in concurrence. 

Ihe following orders weie passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order lor Committee on Water to consider the 
expediency of increasing sources of supply of 
water for the City. 

orders lot Committee on IVhlie Buildings to 
consider the expediency of providing a new ward- 



room fi r Ward 14; also an armory for Company 1. 
I- Irs't Infantry, 

Order for the appointment of a joint special eom- 
mittee to Dominate a Commissioner for Cedar 
1 IfoVe ' 'eiuctery. 

Aldermen Pierce and White were joined to the 
committee above named. 

I) KIXTOHs FOB IM IH.IC ll.'Srll I I KINS. 

The report on nomination of candidates tot Di- 
rectors for Public Institutions was accepted, in 
eoni urrence. when the Hoard proceeded to an elec- 
t ion, as follows ; 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Alderman Samuel Talbot, Jr II 

Councilman Herman I). IJrailt S 

Stephen R. Biles H 

" William Sa\ ward IU 

Messrs. Talbot, Bradt and Sayward were de- 
clared to be elected — the nominees of the commit- 
tee— Mr. Bay Ward iib place of .Mr. Niles, elected by 
the Common Council. 

COCH1TUATE WATER BOAUD. 

The report of Committee on Nomination ot 
Candidates for the Cochituate Water Hoard was 
accepted, in concurrence, when the Board pro- 
ceeded to an election as follow e : 

Whole number ol votes 11 

Necessary to a choice 6 

Alderman Avery Plumer li 

" Leonard K. Cutter ■> 

Councilman Sidney Squires IU 

Amos L. Noyes 8 

Albert C. Pond 4 

Alderman Plumer and Messrs. Squires and Noyes 
were declared to be elected, the first in non-con- 
currence; Mr. Noyes in place of Mr. Pond, the 
nominee of the committee. 

Alderman Pimner expressed his thanks for the 
confidence exhibited by the vote of the Hoard, but 
as his friend Alderman Cutter had been elected 
by the other branch, he should be too glad to be 
relieved of the responsibilities of the office, f >r the 
duties of which he had not the time to devote, and 
he asked to be excused from serving on the Board. 

The request was granted, when Alderman Cutter 
was then elected by an unanimous vote. 

The order under which an additional member of 
the Committee on Soldiers' Monument was ap- 
pointed in the Council, was concurred in. 

Alderman Cowdin said it would he proper to add 
another member 011 the part of the Board, and he 
moved that Alderman Jenkins, Chairman of the 
Board, be added to the committee- 

Alderman Jenkins said he had not the time to 
devote to the duties of the position, and he should 
be satisfied with anyone else who might be ap- 
pointed on the committed. 

Aldei man Cowdin stated that the President ot" 
the Council had been placed on the committee, 
and it was fitting that the Chairman of this Board 
should be added, desirable also on account of the 
assistance he might give in Us geod judgment. 

Aldeinian Jenkins .vas added to the committee, 
but at his particular request he was subsequently 
excused from serving on the committee. 

REPORTS OF -COMMITTEES. 

Alderman (iibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of the transfer of lease 
of cellar No. 1 Eaueuil Hall Market to Amos G. 
Patch. Accepted. 

Alderm in White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
Koxbury universalis* Literary Union to give a 
musical entertainment at their chapel. Jan. 25; 
Peter F. Hardy to give a dramatic exhibition at 
Mercantile Hall, Jan. 25; C. Dion and E. Daniels 
to eive a billiard exhibition at Bumstead Hill, 
Jaii. 24; Elliot, Blakeslee & Noyes to exhidit 
paintings at So. 127 Tremont street: engineers of 
Ninth Megiment to give a dramatic Entertain- 
ment, Jan. 28; Henry Emmet to give a dramatic 
entertainment, Jan. 2;:: also licenses to twelve 
newsboys, one boy as pcdlerandone as bootblack, 
and to sundry persons, as victuallers and inn- 
holders, dealers in second-hand articles, and for 
wagon stands, and transfer of hack and wagon 
licenses. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on 
Paving, reported no action necessary on the peti- 
tions of II. S. Wright <& Co.. and others, against 
the erection of a building upon the site of steamer 
No. 4's house; and on petition of Oeorjre W. t hip- 
man ami others, that their names be withdrawn 
from the remonstrance of B. S. Wright & Co. 
Si \ BTally accepted. 



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ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman iMerce, 

Ordered, l'bat the Committee on Paving be au- 
thorized to advertise for and receive proposals for 
the grading of Beacon street to its full width be- 
tween Exeter street and t'»e cross dam as laid out 
by the Board of Aldermen Dec. 8, 1868, and for the 
paving of the roadway of said street iron* Charles 
slrec: to said cross dam. 

Alderman fierce *ta'ed tb it Beacon street was 
in a bad condition and shouid be improved. It 
witti a work of considerable maguitii le, and the 
Committee on Paving desired to ascertain, by pro- 
posals, what it would cost. When that was done 
the committee would "ome to the Board for au- 
thority to do the work. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grant permission to Cbauncey Page 
to lay down an iron pipe in E and. First streets, 
south Boston, lor the purpose of obtaining a sup- 
ply of water from a well at Jenney's works, on said 
E and First streets ; provided that said Page shalf 
first give to the city an agreement in writing, sat- 
isfactory to the City Solicitor, to gave the city 
harmless from all damages, costs and expenses, 
which may be occasioned by the laying of said 
pipe in E and First streets ; and provided' that said 
Page shall agree to remove said pipe when order- 
ed so to do by the Board of Aldermen. 

On motion of Aldennan Little, 

Ordered, That Alfred T. Turner be and he is 
hereby appointed Clerk for the Board ot Accounts 
of Suffolk County, and that the said Clerk be di- 
rected m examine and audit all bills against said 
county for keeping of the jail. 

On motion of Aldei man Pope, 

Ordered. That the Committee on Public Institu- 
tion be requested to examine the building in Ward 
15, formerly used for the purpose of an almshouse, 
and report in regard to the condition of said 
building and the land surrounding the same, and 
whether it would be expedient to provide aceoin-- 
moilations for the poor in that locality. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That the members of the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Streets, on the part of the 
Board, constitute until othetwise ordered a Spec- 
ial Committee to take charge of all matters relat- 
ing to the settlement of damages, the assessment 
and apportionment of betterments for laying out 
and widening streets, and other kindred matters 
now within the province of this Board and have 
not been transferred by law to the Board of Street 
Commissioners. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

An order was passed declaring to be a nuisance 
a tenement house No. 72 Dorchester avenue, 
owned by John Hennessy, by reason of dirt and 
filth, unfit for habitation, and that the same be va- 
cated within ten days. 

An order was also passed to abate nuisances in 
North, Andover, Fndicott, Thatcher, Silver, B, 
Dorchester, Gold, Vicksburg, Oswego, Genesee, 
Kochester, Federal,. Prince, Fourth and Fifth 
streets, rear of Northampton and Third streets,- 
and in Claflin place. 

An order was also passed to meet a jail requisi- 
tion for $2736 91. 

BADGES FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

Alderman Woolley moved to reconsider the vote 
whereby, at the last meeting, the order to provide 
new badges for the members of the Common 
Council was rejected. 

Alderman Woolley said he made this motion to 
reconsider at the request of several members of 
the Common Council ; and as an act of courtesy, if 
nothing more, it would be well to concur in mak- 
ing this provision, which received almost the 
unanimous vote of the Council. It was almost be- 
yond the jurisdiction ot the Board to make a re- 
fusal of what the Council required in this meas- 
ure, and would probably obtain, whatever the ac- 
tion of the Board, and believing it was a proper 
order, he was in favor of it, and should v,te for the 
reconsideration. 

Alderman Plumer said he regretted that this 
question had come up again, so it had been well 
disposed of in the vote at the last meeting of the 
Board, and so satisfactory had that action been to 
a large majority of the citizens. He hoped tnat 
in making the motion to reconsider, the Alderman 
would have given some reason for it, for he failed 
to see any good reason for this expenditure. The 
Alderman had intimated that the badges would 
be had whether the Board voted for them or not. 
If so, he intended to so act as to be relieved from 



responsibility for such a useless expenditure. The 
Mayor, in his annual address, gave some excellent 
advice in relation to the expenditure of money; 
that waste in all its forms, improper, careless and 
re ^kless expenditure of every kino, whether for 
private gain or personal gratification, should re- 
ceive their severest reprobation, ana that they 
should study economy in all measures of expendi- 
ture. 

This he regarded as a wasteful, extravagant and 
illegal expenditure of money. We Were told tint, 
there was no place where the people were so highly 
taxed as in tjfis city. Is it right, thin, that an ex- 
penditure of $I20(l'or $1503 shouid be made for an 
object utterly useless? It was a part of what was 
a growing evil. A gentleman a few days ago 
showed him a badge which he received some years 
Since; as a member of the Common Council which 
cost from .151 50 to $3. The baages which it was 
now proposed to procure would cost not less than 
$18 apiece. In a" statement published a few days 
since it was said that badges had been procured 
for members of the City Government in Brooklyn 
which cost $72 apiece, and it appeared that the 
city of Boston was travelling quite fast in the same 
direction. 

Every gentleman should set his face against 
such expenditures of the public money, and he 
tlid not doubt that any citizen could sue out an 
injunction to prevent it. They would be derelict 
iu duty to sit by and see such thiugs done, and he 
desired to be put on record in regard to his action. 

On motion of Alderman Plumer, the yeas and 
nays were ordered on the reconsideration, and the 
motion to reconsider was lost, by a tie vote, as fol- 
lows : 

Yeas — Cowdin, Pierce, Kicker, Talbot, White, 
Woolley, 

Nays— Cutter, Gibson, Jenkins, Little, Plumer, 
Pope. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Alderman Plumer, orders were of- 
fered and read once, authorizing the Chief Engi- 
neer of the Fire Department, with the approval of 
the Committee on Fire Department to purchase 
material, supplies, &c, as may be necessary, not 
to exceed .$1000 for any one purpose; to make re- 
pairs not exceeding $500; to make his annual re- 
port in print; also an order to appropriate $551 o5 
for repairs on steam engines, hook and ladder car- 
riages and coal wagons. 

On motion of Alderman Woolley, an order was 
read once, authorizing an expenditure not exceed- 
ing $500 m each case for making attachment of 
proper striking apparatus to bells, or for repairs 
or alterations in connection with fire-alarm appa- 
ratus. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, au order was read 
once for change of sewer assessments in several 
cases; $60 75 from L. R. Thomas to Catharine Fo- 
gerty ; $76 46 from A. C. Baldwin to H. H. Hunne- 
well; $85 49 from William P. Thurston to Edward 
P. Wiswall ; $55 75 from Ebenezer Johnson to John 
Foster. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, an order was 
read once, authorizing the Chief of Police to pur- 
chase supplies and furniture for the several police 
station-houses. 

On motion of Aldermau Jenkins, 

Orders were read once, to pay Charles Cunning- 
ham $2500 for land and damage to estate 145, 147 
Purchase street; Charles D. Swain, $8092 for 
estate in extension of Harrison avenue; David 
McClaren, $1947 for land and damages in the 
extension of Chad wick street; G. W. Simonds, 
$8889 for estate in Eliot street; and Franklin 
Evans, $26,133 for land and damages in the widen- 
ing of K ingston street : 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

On petition of L. P. Wiggin & Co., for leave to 
place and use a steam engiue and boiler at 
Nos. 470—172 Harrison avenue. Hearing Mondav, 
Feb. 13,4 P. M. 

Adjourned. 

STREET COMMISSIONERS. 

The following notices of intention to build have 
been presented to the Board of Street Commis- 
sioners since their organization: Frederick Pope, 
corner of Beacon and Fairfield streets; D. C. 
Davis, Longwood avenue; Charles F. Kittredge, 
corner of union ami Hanover streets; Michael 
Clark r 75 Lowell street; E. F. Crawford, corner of 
Elm and Ashland streets; Eli Fcrna'.d, corner 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEN 



of Shaw mat avenue and Upton street; William 
Bugbce, 85 and U5 Gold street; James Pope, 
Adams street, near Lower .Mills; James Mc.Gov- 
ern, Adams, near ('oilman Street; Charles A. 
Borden, National, near Fourth street; I. & 11. 
M. Harmon, corner oi* Dartmouth and Beacon 
streets; C. C. Sloan, Eighth street; Angus Camp- 
bell, Everett street ; B. IX Alexander, 21 
West street; (His Wentworth, 52 Green street; 
A. C. Baldwin, 31 Essex street; Washburn & Son, 
Brighton avenue ; Patrick O'Brien, George, near 
31 agazine street; Bryant & Kogers, 148 Washing- 
ton, and Milk, near Washington street; John 
Bloom, 101 silver street; J. B. Dacey, .Marsh street, 
Ward 10; John B. Gardner, Third street and At- 
lantic street; Levi W. Wells, Atlantic street j J. 
F, Fereusoii, Eighth street; E. F. Brown, West 
Rutland street; J. ButJand, O street; Michael 
Glyne, Third street ; Timothy Connelly, corner of 
Harrison avenue and ShaiVn street; J. & C. A. 
Noyes, 77 and T.i Washington street ; Wm. Goskins, 
Dorchester avenue; I) H. Jacobs, 7 Hamilton 



street: X. J. Bradlee, 7 Avon place; A. T. Stearns 
& Son, Albany street. 

The following petitions have been presented for 
street improvements: 

B. T. Heed and others, that Chester park be ex- 
tended to Beacon street ; 1! E. Detnmon and oth- 
ers, that South .Market street be extended to At- 
lantic avenue ; Boston & Lowell Railroad Com- 
pany and 98 others, for the extension of Causeway 
Street to Chambers street ; Gardner Brewer and 
others, that a street mav be laid out from Castle 
to Cobb street; Peter B. Brigham and others, that 
Washington street may be extended to Portland 
street, and Portland street widened to Causeway 
street; John H. Thorndike and another, that the 
late widening of Kingston street may be discon- 
tinued. 

An order of notice has been issued on the pro- 
posed -widening of Washington street, at the cor- 
ner of Milk street. Hearing Monday. January 30, 
at 10 A. M. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

JANUARY 26, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was hold (.his evening, at 7^ o'clock, 
Matthias Rich, President, ii. the chair. 

', Kits 1 HOM, THE BOARD OK ALDERMEN. 

The annual report of the City Surveyor was 
ordere I to lie placed on tile. 

The petitions of Trustees anil Students of the 
New England Female Medical College, of William 
ferkins, A. II. liice and others, Edward h. Max- 
well, Volney II. Covell, and of P. s. and i. B. 
Huckins, were severally referred, in concurrence. 

Xhs order Tor Committee on l'unlic Institutions 
to examine the building formerly used as an alms- 
house iu Ward 15, and report on the condition of 
said building and the land surrounding ths same, 
and whether it be expedient to provide accommo- 
dations for the poor there, was passed, iu con- 
currence. 

The message from the Mayor transmitting a let- 
ter from the Chairman of the Overseers of the 
Poor, inclosing resolutions passed by said Over- 
seers, expressing their appreciation of the life and 
services of the late Hon. David hears, were each 
read, when the resolve and order on the death of 
the late David Sears were passed, in concurrence 

The report aud order authorizing $15,000 to bo 
transferred from the appropriation ior Primary 
Schools, Public Buildings, to the appropriation 
for Grammar Schools, Public Buildings, were read 
a second time and unanimously passed— yeas 00, 
nays none. 

DIRECTOR FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

The certificate of the election of Win. Sayward 
as a Director for I'ublie institutiour, in place of 
Stephen R. Niles, chosen by the Common Council, 
was read. 

Messsrs. stone of Ward 5, Willis of Ward 9, and 
Ayer ot Ward 1 1, were appointed a committee to 
receive, sort and count the votes, and the result 
was reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 57 

Necessary to a choice '29 

Wm. Sayward 29 

Stephen K. Niles 27 

One ballot three names 1 

Sir. Sayward was elected, in concurrence. 

TRUSTEES OI? CUT'S HOSPITAL. 

The report on nomination of Trustees of City 
Hospital was accepted, in concurrence, when the 
Council proceeded to an election ; Messrs. Winch 
of Ward 10, Patch oi Ward 11 and Adams of Ward 
12 acting as a committee to receive, sort and count 
the votes. The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of voles 58 

Necessary to a choice :i(l 

Alderman Henry L. Pierce 58 

Council in an 'I bos. W. Brown, Jr 57 

" Stephen L. Emery 3t> 

JiiliuW. Voye 23 

Messrs. Tierce, Brown and Emery were elected-, 
in concurrence. 

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LI1SRARY. 

The report nominating candidates from the City 
Council for Trustees of the Public Library being 
in order for acceptance, Mr. Niles of Waid 6 
withdrew bis name as a candidate. 

On motion of Air. Brooks of Ward 1, the report 
was recommitted. 

COMMISSION 1CRS OF SINKING FUND. 

The report on nomination of Commissioners 
from the citizens at large of the Sinking Fund 
was accepted, in concurrence, when the Council 
proceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Smith of Ward 10, Kingsbmy of Ward 
15. and Robinson of Ward 11 were appointed a 
committee to receive, sort and count the votes. 
The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 59 

Necessary to a choice :to 

Newton Talbot, for two years 5S 

Samuel H.Walley, for two years l 

John C Poor, for one year 52 



John S. Moulton, Moses Kimball, twoeach; 
,s R. Niles, Ivory Bean, John C Buckman, 

oue each 1 

Messrs. Talbot and Toor were declared to uc 
elected, in concurrence, 

TRUSTEES hi i i HOPE CEMETERY. 

The report on nomination of Trustees of .Mount 
Hope Cemetery was accepted, in concurrence, 
when the Council proceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Tope of Ward 16, Brooks ot Ward l, aim 
Brown "i' w ard 2, w ere appointed a i ommlttee to 
receive, sort and count the votes. The committee 
reported as lollows: 

Wholfl number of votes 61 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Alderman Edward A. White S3 

Aldermen A. I'lnmer. i\. L 1 i.-i ce, one each. . 2 

Councilman Edmund B. Vannevar ■'■:. 

" .lolm S. Moulton SI 

Tiios Dolau, Win. M. Prescott, 

Tlios. It. .Ja !0bB, 0U8 each 3 

Messrs. White, Van levar and .Moulton were de- 
clared to he elected, in concurrence. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

Toe report of committee nominating Candida 

for Dire "tors of EaM Boston Ferries was taken up. 

.Mr. Hull n' Ward 4 moved a further postpone- 
ment of onf week, which was lost, when the Coun- 
cil proceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Fiynn of Ward 7. Robbing of Ward 8, 
and Bickford of Ward 15 were appointed a com- 
mittee to receive, sort and count the votes, The 
committee reported as follows: 

Whole mini her of votes 59 

Necessary to a choice 3d 

Alderman Nehemiah Gibson 20 

(ieorge 1). kicker. . . 38 

Councilman Solomon A. Woods 57 

Frederick Pease lb 

Albert.'. Fond 41 

Messrs. Kicker, Woods and Pond were declared 
to lie elected, Mr- Woods only of the nominees of 
the committee. 

ETITl v.s PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

S. c. Thwing anil others, that the area of High- 
land park may be enlarged. Referred to Commit- 
tee on Common and squares. 

Boylston and eight other insurance companies, 
E.H.Baker, 1$. Burgess & Sons, Alpheus Hardy 
and others, representing $25,000,000 of property, 
and John H. Reed and others, that Steam Fire Fu- 

fme So. 15 may be located on E street, between 
'irst and Third streets, with a request for a hear- 
ing on the subject. Referred to the committee on 
the Fire Department. 

The Chair announced as a change on a commit- 
tee, Mr. I'ope of Ward 16 on the Committee on 
Paving, in place of Mr. Barnes of Ward 1, excused 
from serving on said committee. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Robbins of Ward 8, from the joiDt committee 
to nominate a candidate for Harbor .Master, made 
a report recommending the election of John T. 
(iaruner for that office. Laid over, under the rule. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2, from the Joint standing 
Committee on the Assessors' Department, to whom 
was referred the order to consider the expediency 
of amending the ordinance in relation to the as- 
sessment and collection of taxes in order that the 
number of Asses ment Districts may be increased 
as the necessities of the Department may from 
time to time require, made a report that no action 
was necessary on the subject, the proposed amend- 
ment having been made last year. Accepted. 

BADGES FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

Mr. Adams of Ward 12 offered the following 
order: 

Ordered, That a committee of three members of 
this Board be appointed, with authority to pro- 
cure badges for the members of the Common 
Council of the present year, at an expense not 
exceeding sixteen dollars for each badge. 

The Chair stated that the order could not be 
entertained except under a suspension of the 
rules. 

Air. Adams moved a suspension of the rules, 
which was carried bv nearly an unanimous vote. 

The order was read once, when the Chair stated 
that as it involved an expenditure of money, it 
would gi> over under the rules, 

Mr. Smith of Ward lO moved a suspension of the 
rules for its second reading. 

the motion was put ami a response was made, 
when Mr. Barker of Ward 6 rose to propose an 
amendment. 



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Mr. Sinitli raised a question of order that the 
vote had already been taken before a motion was 
made to offer the amendment. 

The Chair ruled that as the vote had not been 
declared when Air. Barker rose to offer his amend- 
ment, there was no reason why it should not be 
entertained. 

Mr. Barker moved to strike out all after the 
word ordered, and insert as follows: 

"That the City Messenger be authorized to pro- 
cure new badges for members of the Common 
Council for the present year, the cost not to ex- 
ceed five dollars each, the expense to be charged 
to the appropriation for Incidentals." 

The motion to amend was lost, when the order 
was passed, and Messrs. Smith of Ward 10, Moul- 
ton of Ward 9, and Sayward of Ward 1G were ap- 
pointed the committee to procure badges. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Niles of Ward 6, an order was 
read twice aud parsed to pay bills of certain per- 
sons directly or indirectly connected with the 
City Government. 
On motion of Mr. Vaunevar nf Ward 8, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances be 
requested to report an amendment to the ordi- 



nances in relation to bridges, so as to provide for 
the election of Superintendent of the Broadway 
Bridge. 

On "motion of Mr. Niles of Ward 6, 

Ordered, That , with such as the Board of 

Alderman may .ioin, be a committee to take charge 
of the unfinished business in relation to the prep- 
aration and publication of the Ninth United 
States Census in the city of Boston, in accordance 
with an order passed by the City Council in 1870. 

Messrs. Niles of Ward C, Moul'ton of Ward 9 and 
Long of Ward 8 were appointed the committee on 
the part of the Common Council. 

Mr. Faxon of Ward 14 moved a reconsideration 
of the vote, whereby a recommendation of H. M. 
Bowditch for candidate for City Forester was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Common and Public 
Grounds. 

The motion to reconsider was lost, when subse- 
quently, an exulanation being made, on motion of 
Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15, a suspension of the 
rules was carried to allow a renewal of the motion, 
and a reconsideration prevailed, when the petition 
was referred to the committee to nominate a can- 
didate for Superintendendent of Common and 
Public Grounds. 

Adjourned. 






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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen , 
JANUARY 30, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board <>f 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Alderman Jenkins, Chairman, presiding. 

U't OINTMENTS HADE AXU CO.NK1RMKD. 

The following appointments made by Engineers 

of the Fire Department, were laid before the 
Hoard for confirmation: 

Al'lOINTMENTS \s nFKKKIts OF EIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Foremen — Engine Company No, 1, Frederick S. 
Wright: 2, David Smith ; 3, Frederick M. Hines; 
4, Joseph Fierce; 5, George A. Tucker; 6, Henry 
Daniels; 7. Daniel T. M.irdcn; 8, Chailes H. Blake; 
9, Samuel L. Fowle; 10, Charles H.Kuhn; 11, Alan- 
Son C. Keene; 12, Moses VV. Hubbard; 13, George 

E. Urrok; 14, Louis 1*. Webber; ID, N. C. Cogley; 
16, . John A. Hutchinson; 17, John F. Greenwood; 
18, J. Foster Hewins; 19, George H. Bird; 20, 
Thomas F. Temple; 21, James B. Graham. 

Foremen — Hose No. 1. Benjamin C. Brovvnell; 2, 
Nathan 8. Brown; 3, George \\ . Clarke; 4, Edwin 
V. Barney; 5, George (;. Fernald; ti, John H. Wes- 
ton; 7, Charles G. Green; 8, Charles H. Prince; 9, 
Thomas E. Byrnes; 10, Jos. Frye. 

Hook and Ladder Co., >!o. 1, John 8. Stevens, 
Foreman ; Phineas Collier, Assistant do. ; 2, Chas. 
aimmous. Foreman; William F. Hayes, Assistant; 
3, James F. Marston, Foreman ; Isaac K. Jennings, 
Assistant; 4, William Farry, Foreman; B. L. Ran- 
dall, Assistant; 5, John B.Hill, Foreman; L. M. 
Clifford, Assistant; 0, Henry Crane, Foreman: 
Samuel Bridgett, Assistant; 7, Hartford Daven- 
port, Foreman ; i.ewis 1*. Bird, Assistant. Also, 
sundry persons as axemen and rakemen of the 
several hook and ladder companies. 

Admission of members— Engine Company No. 6, 
Edwin A. Whitehead, Thos. F. Temple; No. 17, 
Nathaniel H. Bird; No. 18, David Kipfey. 

Hose No. ti, John M. F. Burke; No. 9, John J. 
Conley; >'o. 3, Edward A. Blonde; Ao. 7, B. F. 
Ansart. 

Alderman Pope raised the inquiry whether Thos. 

F. Temple, mentioned as foreman of an engine 
company, was the same person who was Register 
of Deeds, believing that the duties of the two 
offices were incompatible with each other. 

Alderman Pierce requested' that the appoint- 
ments be laid over to give an opportunity for in- 
quiries. 

The motion was carried, but subsequently, on 
motion of the same Alderman, the appointments 
were taken up, and with the exception of that of 
Mr. Temple, were confirmed, the statement being 
made that embarrassments would result from 
postponement of action, while the nomination 
which was objected to might he over. 

PETITIONS PBESEMTED AM> REFERRED. 

T. B. Williams (guardian), Thomas Higgins, heirs 
of Hannah Nancrede, Charles H. Butler, Wm. A. 
Prescott, Wm. Ross, Edward Blake and others, 
(trustees), Peter T. Homer, heirs of /. Cowdin, E. 
& B. Otheman, Edward otheman, Lemuel Shaw 
and others, (trustees), and Jona. Hatch, Jr., sever- 
ally for apportionment of Hanover street better- 
ments. 

Edward H. Dunn and others, J. Quincy Blake, 
Charted F. Kittredge, Wm. Boss, Isaac Adams, 
severally for abatement of a portion of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Win. Brown, John P. Treadwell, John A. Bates, 
Samuel Jennlson (executor). Chas. A. Welch, sev- 
erally for apportionment of Eliot street better- 
ments. 

J. W. Converse, for apportionment of Atlantic 
avenue betterments. 

John A. Bates and others and J. M. Keith (trus- 
tee), for modification of Kliot street beMerment. 

T. D. Mulvey, for modification of betterments 
1940 Washington street. 

Samuel A. Hastings, to be paid for land taken to 
lay out Gray street. 

Thayer &'Dunham, for leave to hire the lot be- 
longing to the city on the corner of Water and 
Washington streets. 



Severally referred to th<' Committee on streets. 

Joseph F. Paul anu 82 others, that the city of 
Boston would petition the Legislature for a new 
avenue across Charles Hirer from Cambridge to 
Boston. Kefcrred to the Joint Committee ou 
Streets. 

Aaron D. Capen, for leave to cut down certain 
trees on River street, Word IB. Referred to tne 
Committee on Common, on the part of the Board. 

C. A. C. Bussell, to be paid for personal injuries 
sustained by an alleged defect in Wilson's lane. 
Referred to Committee on Claims. 

Charlotte E. JDewire, to be paid for grade dam- 
ago-, on Silver street. 

Francis Standisb and others, That the passage- 
way, rear of Kastcrn avenue may be kept unob- 
structed. 

George B. Upton aDd others, that Beacon street. 
west of Charles street, may be macadamized and. 
not paved. 

Karl W. Johnson, to be paid for grade damages 
caused by change of grade in Devonshire street. 

Isaac Adams, to be paid for grade damages on 
Dorchester avenue. 

Albert Betteley, for leave to pave Beacon street, 
west of Charles street, with wood. 

Wm. E. Underwood, to be Daid for grade dam- 
ages at 743 Washington street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

A. S. Bemis, that the fee in the passageway i'J 
rear of his premises on Waltham street may be 
conveyed to him. 

Samuel S. Perkins and others for the discontin- 
uance of a portion of Newlaud street, near Upton 
street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Public 
Lands. 

Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty 
to Animals, that the dirt and dump carts used in 
this city may be numbered, &c. 

Edward Mullin, for leave to exhibit a pedestrian 
match at Franklin Hall, February 7. 

Severally referred to Committee on Licenses. 

Company I, Ninth Regiment, to be allowed a sum 
sufficient to repair their armory. Referred to Com- 
mittee on Armories. 

Joseph W. Bartlett, that his method of lighting 
and extinguishing street gas lamps may be adopt- 
ed in the city. Referred to Committee on Lamps. 

J. M. & F. Jones, fo/ leave to occupy a brick 
building on Brooklme street as a stable. 

Frederic Pope, for leave to build a stable on 
Commonwealth avenue and Clarendon street. 

James H. Sprague, for leave to erect a stable foi 
one horse rear of 792 Shawmut avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health, 

Albert J. Wright and others, that James N. 
Dunn be appointed driver of Engine Ko. 15. 

Referred to Engineers of F'ire Department. 

Wm. L. Burt and others, for the use of Faneuil 
Hall, March 3, for a ball by letter-carriers. Re- 
ferred to Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS. 

Alderman Pierce submitted the Annual Report 
of the Superintendent of Streets, in print. 

The Superintendent states that the sum of $804.- 
384 89 was expended by the Paving Department 
during the municipal year 1870, for paving, repav- 
ing, grading, repairs of streets, removing and lev- 
elling snow, and for grade damages, etc. These 
expenditures were made on eighty streets and por- 
tions of streets in the city proper, twenty-eight in 
South Boston, twenty-one in East Boston, forty-six 
in Roxbury, and thirty-two in Dorchester. The 
largest items for paving weie, on Columbus ave- 
nue, wooden pavements. $89,216 25; Broadway and 
Dorchester avenue, grading, and paving with small 
granite blocks, $31,934 64; Columbus avenue, 
grading, drains, crossings, edgestones, &c,, $26,- 
485 37 ; Broad street, repaving, $20,454 16. 

A recapitulation of expenditures gives the fol- 
lowing result: 

City Proper $418,449 42 

South Boston 72.8/7 18 

East Boston 58,305 52 

Koxbury 93.671 87 

Dorchester 48,312 29 

Incidentals 89,558 00 

Grade damages 23,280 51 

SS04.384 89 
Total amount appropriated for paving, etc., for 
the present financial year, 1870-71, $1,000,000 00; 
total expenditures of the present financial year, to 
January 1, 1871, $718,425 07; balance of appropria- 
tion unexpended January 1, 1871, $281,574 03. 



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The amount of bills for edgestoues, constructing; 
and repairs of sidewalks, ami old materials, lodged 
with the City Treasurer during the year 1870 'for 
collection, was $29,920 18. 

The amount paid into the city treasury during 
the same period, and credited as having been paid 
in by the raving Department on account of work 
done by said department, was $11,(81 31 

Grading of New Streets. The amount expended 
on Streets laid out or widened during the year, and 
charged to the Special Appropriation for Grading 
New Streets, was $8845 43. 

Special Approprw, i ms. The cost of grading and 
paving Hanover street with small granite blocks, 
and flagging crossings, was $43,290 28; grade dam- 
ages, $-0,099 ; total, «G3,S89 28. The cost of grad- 
ing and paving Eliot street was $23,376 04; grading 
and paving of Boylston. street, $4470 17. The cose 
of grading and paving Ferdinand street and a por- 
tion of Columbus avenue was charged tjo the 
Church street Appropriation, and amounted to 
4 35.817 69. 

t'antic 'Avenne. The amount expended on this 
avenue, under the direction oi the Committee on 
Paving, during the past year, and charged to the 
appropriation for Atlantic Avenue, has leen as 
follows : 



Doviiton Brothers, sea wall 

15. If: Farren, eai thrilling from Fort Hill 

Ji. N. barren, building trestle-work, <tc 

Fences, sidewalks, and crossings, at the in- 
tersecting wharves, and removing (eastern 
Packet pier 

Pay-roll for persons employed in City Engi- 
neer's office .' 

J. .1. Leighton, superintending construction 
of sea wall 

T. \V. Pratt, services as consulting engineer. 



$52 



,166 7.1 
650 00 
412 50 



,S9fl 6! 

.357 12 

RO 00 

.125 00 



$121,092 02 

'Che sea wall commenced in 1889 by Messrs. Bnyu- 
ton Brothers was completed in June last, and the 
tilling up of the avenue with earth from Fort Hill 
by It. N '. Kan-en, in October. The grade of the 
avenue has not yet been definitely established by 
the Hoard of Aldermen. The sea wall was built 
with the design ot having the elevation of the 
sidewalks sixteen feet above mean low water, or 
six feet above mean high water, which is only 
three inches above the highest tide known at this 
port of which the elevation-has been ascertained. 
The several wharves across which the avenue 
passes are from one to two feet below this grade, 
and will be somewhat affected thereby, and it has 
therefore been proposed to lower the grade to con- 
form to the wharves; but the Superintendent sug- 
gests that an avenue of this importance, which 
has already cost more than one million of dollars, 
should be built sufficiently high to preclude the 
possibility of its ever being overflowed by the tide. 
After the grade has been definitely decided, the 
avenue can be paved and opened to public travel. 

West Canton Street. Under the order of July 26, 
1870, to raise and grade the low and unhealthy 
territory lying between Shawmut avenue, Tre- 
mont. Dedliani and Brookline streets, including 
Newland, Trumbull, Fabin and Ivauboe streets, 
and a part of West Canton street; also to settle 
with the property owners for grade damages, a 
large majority of the owners and abutters on said 
stree s signed an agreement to remove, tear down, 
or raise their respective houses to the high grade, 
upon payment to each of them the cost of raising 
and underpinning their houses as estimated by 
Blair, Proctor & Skinner, the well-known building 
raisers; also upon the condition that the city- 
would till their cellars and yards with earth and 
gravel. These terms oi settlement were similar 
to those by which the Dedham street houses were 
raised in 18U7, and as favorable as it was possible 
for the city to obtain. 

The cost of this improvement lias been for earth 
and gravel, $11,96? 25; labor, $1,522 56, with other 
items making a total of $20,453 05; grade damages, 
Wetit Canton street, $38,381 ; Newland street, 
$1925; Fabin street, §20,950; Trumbull street, 
$8355; Jvanhoe street, $7577; paid for making 
estimates, $500; "total, $98,141 65, charged to 
Canton Street (irading. 

Broadway Extension. The Superintendent refers 
to the difficulties in relation to the construction of 
the Broadway Bridge, and to the reports which 
have been published. The expenditures during 
the past year on account of the bridge and in 
glade damages, have amounted *£> $236*692- 74 Paid 
to the Jloseley Iron Works Company for the 
bridge, $147,811 85; Clapp & Ballou, retaining and 



abutment walls, $19,71*2 32; Nioolson wood paving, 
$17,080,; concrete for wood paving and sidewalks, 
$7134; iron curbs and scupuers, and setting the 
same, $4382 09; I. W. Pratt, Superintendent, $360(1; 
e'ttra piles and driving. $2255; with other bills 
makiug the amount $208,612 24; raising buildings 
and repairs, $7522 30; grade damagesr-Broadway, 
$289) ; Dorchester avenue, $15,70J 50 , Second street, 
$2045— making the whole total, as above, $230,092 
74. 

Railroad Locations, six railroad locations in 
streets have been granted during the year, and 
one was revoke). 

General Remarks. Under this head, the Super- 
intendent refers to his estimate made at the be- 
ginning of the financial year, and to the amount 
fixed upon by the Committee on Paving,, at $1,782,- 
OOii. The committee did not expect that au appro- 
priation of that amount would, be made; but real- 
izing that the department for seveial years had 
not kept pace with the growth of the city, but had 
fallen behind private enterprise, they considered 
i_ their duty to apprise the City Council of the ac- 
tual condition of affairs. 

the appropriation voted was but $1,000,000, and 
the Superintendent says the expenses of the de- . 
partment have been confined within that sum, al- 
though 111 so doing it has been found necessary to 1 
leave undone a large amount ot work earnestly 
called for, to the disappointment and ofttimes 
strongly expressed indignation of persons very 
propeUy interested in the improvement of .'eal es- 
tate, who have felt that, unless the streets in cer- 
tain sections were paved, or placed in better con- 
dition, the value of property would be seriously af- 
fected, and a check given to building enterprises. 

The unexpended balance ot" the appropriation, 
January 1, 1871, was $281,574 93, apparently a large 
sum. but troiu which must be paid the claims lor 
grade damages on Water, Devonshire and other . 
streets, estimated at over one hundred thousand 
dollars. The operations of the department have 
been held in check in order to retain a sufficient 
balance to meet these claims, which will probably 
be settled before the end of the present financial 
year 

In relation to the testing of wood pavement on 
Columbus avenue, the number of yards and 
price of each, is given, the price being as follows: 
Stafford, §5 per yard; Paul, Nicolson, Miller, 
Stow, Mclionegal $4 each; Warren. Lancaster, 
Hodgeman. $3 50 eaah; Betteley, $3 25. 

Statements are made in relation to the laying 
out of Beacon street, and its extension, and" the 
legislation in relation to the Milidam. Under the 
act of 1868, Beacon street was laid < ut as a public 
way, Dec. 8, 1868, and the tolls were abolished, re- 
sulting man increase of travel I'our fold, The 
bridge over the sluiceways noar Dartmouth street, 
was rebuilt in 186J at a eds't of $11,378 40. 

It was found necessary last year to rebuild the 
bridge over the sluiceways of the full basin. The 
cost of protecting the piers was $6570 81; rebuild- 
ing* the bridge, $8821 60; furnishing ai d setting 
edgestones, paving gutteis, drains, gravel, team 
work, and labor, $16,981 92 — making the total cost 
of the road 111 1870, $32,371 33. Under the act of 
1870, annexing a portion of Brookline to Boston, 
seven thousand additional feet in length of streets, 
were given to the care of the department. In an- 
swer to the complaint in relation to keeping the 
road in eood order, in comparison with that of 
the driveway at Chestnut Hill Reservoir, the 
Superintendent says: 

The Milidam road is used, not only for pleasure 
driving, but also for heavy teaming, in wet ana 
dry weather, at all times and seasons: The great 
amount of tiave! in wet weather grinds up and 
ruts the surface, and owing to the fact that the 
grade of the road is a -'dead level," the water, 
passes off very slowly, and the street, after a das 
or two of nun. is a sheet of liquid mud. On the 
Chestnut mil driveway there is no heavy teaming 
at any time, and no travel whatever in wet 
weather; the grade rising and falling with the un- 
dulating surface of the country, the water passes 
off rapidly, anil in a few hours after a storm, the 
road not having been cut.up by vehicles, is smooth 
and dry and ready for pleasure travel. The Chest- 
nut hill driveway is what is known asa'Telford 
Macadam road." Few persons know or realize 
the expense of constructing and maintaining in 
good condition a road of this character, its lirst 
cost being nearly equal to tn it ol a stone pai 
ment, and its maintenance ten times as great. I 
am convinced that an attempt to construct and 
maintain a road-bed of this style on Beacon street 



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would not be attended with results commensurate 
with the expense incurred; and that tlie most 
economics] and satisfactory plan would be to pave 
the avenue with the best quality of wood or stone 
pavement. 

The Appropriations heretofore made for the I'av- 
ing Department have not been sufficient to make 
the improvements called for on Beacon street, and 
also execute other work ordered by the Board of 
Aldermen, and necessary for the safety of public 
travel »nd convenience of business in other sec- 
tions of the city, and consequently the much need- 
ed impro i mentg on this avenue have been post- 
poned Irom year to year, until its present condition 
is discreditable to the city. A good portion of the 
blame for this neglect is imputed to the Superin- 
tendent, by those who imagine that he is clothed 
with unlimited powers to do all and everything 
which the citizens may require ; whereas, the or- 
dinances especially provide that "the city shall 
not be responsible for any ol bis doings that have 
not been ordered bythe City Council or the Board 
of Aldermen, or sanctioned' hy express vote." 

The superintendent states that he has not been 
able, under the appropriations made, to put tuis 
street in the condition in which it should be, ami 
recommends that the paving of the street from 
Oharles street to the cross-dam should be com- 
menced as soon as the season opens, and prosecut- 
ed with all possible despatch. 

Ten yean ago. tiie total length of streets open to 
travel in the city was one hundied and two miles; 
at the present time there are one hundred and 
ninety-rive miles of pubiie or accepted streets 
alone. Thirty-one miles of these were added by 
the annexation of Koxhury, and fifty-one miles by 
the annexation of Dorchester. 

To keep one hundred and ninety-five miles of 
streets m a condition satisfactory to all classes of 
citizens is a formidable and expensive undertaking. 
The old-fashioned cobble-stone streets, and roads 
made of coarse gravel ami broken stones, left 
loose to be worn smooth by the travel of vehicles, 
are no longer tolerated by a public educated to a 
due appreciation of small granite blocks, or wood 
pavement, and Central Park or Chestnut Hill 
driveways. The public demand better roads. 
'Shall the Government comply with the demand?" 
is a question which lias been considered and post- 
poned from time to lime. 

HEARING ON nuni l; OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on order of notice on petition of 
Clement & Creesey for leave to use a steam en- 
gine and boiler at No. 41 H areham street, was tak- 
en up. .No person appeared, and therepoitwas 
recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

TWe following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond tim,e and passed : 

Order authorizing the submissiou of the annual 
report of the Fire Department in print. 

Order to authorize expenditure of $551 OS for 
repairs on steam Are engines, hose and hook ami 
ladder carriages, and coal wagons, to be charged 
to the appropriation for Fire Department. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer of the 
Fire Department, with the approval of the Com- 
mittee on fare Department, to make such repairs 
as may lie needed, on the engines, hose, and hook 
and ladder carriages, from time to time during 
the present municipal year, the expense not to 
exceed $500 on any one piece of apparatus at 
one time. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer of the 
Fire Department, with the approval or the com- 
mittee, to purchase horses, hay, supplies, &c, from 
time to time, for the use of the department, as 
may be needed during the year. 

Order lor the abatement of certain sewer assess- 
ments in Linwnod, Washington and Kockland 
streets, and for the reassessment thereof on other 
parties, viz.: $«o 75 from L. R. Thomas to Catha- 
rine Fogerty; $76 43 from A. C. Baldwin to H. if. 
Himuewell; $35 49 from William 1'. Thurston to 
Edward V. Wiswall; $58 77 from Ebenczer John- 
son to John Foster. 

Order that the Chief of Police, under the direc- 
tion of the Committee on Police, be authorized to 
purchase supplies and furniture for the several 
station Bouses to be charged to the appropria- 
tion- for Police. 

Order that the Committee on Fire Alarms be 
authorized to expend a sum not exceeding $500 in 
each ease, for attaching striking anparatus to miv 
bell, or for necessary repairs and" alterations; to 
be charged to appropriation for lire Alarms. 



Order to pay Charles Cunningham S2500 for 
damages to estate \os. 145 and 147 Purchase 
street in th- widening and grading of said Street, 
to be charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Order to pay G. W. Simonds and otht rs fJ 
for land taken in the name of Franklin s. SlmondS 
and Others; trustees under the will of Jonathan B. 
simonus, and for all damages occasioned by the 
widening ol Eliot street; to be charged to the F.liot 
Street Loan. 

( rder to pay Charles D. Swain $8092 for land 
taken and all damages occasioned hy the exten- 
sion of Harrison avenue; to be charged to the Har- 
rison Avenue Extension Loan. 

Order to pay David McClaren 91947 for land taken 
and all damages occasioned by the extension of 
Chad wick street to Hartopppra.ce: to be charged 
to the appropriation for Laying Out and Widening 
Streets. 

The order to pay Franklin Evans $26,133 for 
Kingston street damages, coming up, 

Alderman White offered as a substitute two or- 
ders, which he said made the same amount, but 
were required to be separate, one Of the piece- of 
property being held by .Mr. Evan? for another 
party. The orders were" passed, as follows : 

Order to pay Franklin Evans $9661 for land 
taken ami all damages occasioned ny the widening 
of Kingston street, upon bis giving a dischinre 
satisfactory to the City Solicitor for all damages, 
costs, &c.fto be charged to the Kingston Street 
Loan. 

Order to pay Franklin Evans $16, 17'-' for land 
taken and all damages occasioned by the widening 
of Kingston street, in full for all damage', costs 
and expenses; to be charged to the Kingston Street 
Loan. 

PAPEUS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of the Boylston and other insur- 
ance companies, E. H. Baker and others. I. H. 
Keed and others, in favor of the location of Engine 
No. 15 on E street, ol S. C. Thvving, and in favor of 
II. M. Bowditch as City Forester, were severally 
referred, in concurrence. 

The report, inexpedient to alter ordinance in re- 
lation to assessment of taxes, was accepted, in 
concurrence. 

The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order to pay bills of .members of the City Gov- 
erment. 

Order for an ordinance to establish ofliee of 
Superintendent of Broadway Bridge. 

tieport and order to transfer from appropriate n 
from Primary Schools to appropriation for Gram- 
mar Schools ST5,000. 

Order for Joint Special Committee to take charge 
of abstract of United States Census, to which 
Aldermen Cutter and Kicker were aided. 

The report of Committee to Nominate Candi- 
dates for Trustees of Public Library was recom- 
mitted, iu concurrence. 

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

The report of Committee to Nominate Candidates 
for Directors of East Boston Ferries, was accepted 
in concurrence, when the Board proceeded to an 
election, as follows : 

Whole number of votes R 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Alderman N. Gibson 7 

" Geo. T>. Kicker 5 

Councilman Solomon A. Woods Vi 

AlbertC. Pond 1 

" Frederick Pease 6 

" Jos. H.Barnes ■ 5 

Alderman Gibson and Solomon A. Woods were 
declared to be elected, the latter named only in con- 
currence. 

The Board proceeded to further ballots for the 
choice of a second member from the Common 
Council, wiih the following result: 

2d ballot. :il. 4th. 

Whole number nt voles 12 12 Q 

Necessary to a choice 7 7 7 

Jos. H. Barnes 6 6 5 

Frederic Pease 5 6 7 

FYeuetdo k, Pease 1 o 

Mr. Pease was declared to be elected, in noii- 

eoneurrenee. 

OtE >HTS OK COM.MlTTl.rs. 

The Committee on Finance, through the Mavoi . 
as chairman, to whom w is referred the communi- 
cation of the street Commissioners asking for an 
appropriation of jf.500 to defray the incidental ex- 
penses of said commissioners for the balance of 
the present financial year, made a report of the 



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accompanying order making said appropriation. 
They also asked leave to report the accompanying 
orders making certain transfers of appropriations 
whereby the necessity of borrowing money wdl lie 
obviated: 

Ordered, 'lhat the Auditor of Accounts be au- 
thorized to set apart $5J0 of the appropriation for 
AVulening Streets to meet the incidental expenses 
of the Street Commissioners for the balance of the 
present tiuancial vear, ending April 30, 1871. 

Ordered, Th it the Auditor of Accounts be au- 
thorized to transfer from the Appropriation for 
Water Works, interest and premium, to that for 
Widening Tremont Street, the sum of $25,000; also, 
the sum of $36,000 ro constitute -. Special appiopri- 
ation for the K.rection of a I'runary Schoolhouse in 
the Shurtleff District. 

Ordered, That the orders passed December 3 and 
30, 18 iO, authorizing the Treasurer to borrow 
$25,000 and $36,090' for the objects specified in the 
above order, be and the same are hereby rescind- 
ed. 

The report was accepted, and the orders were 
severally passed. 

Alderman Cowdin, from tb3 Committee to Nomi- 
nate a Candidate tor the office of City Physician* 
made a report recommending the reflection of 
n'm. H. Page, Al. D. 

Win. E. Perkins and Win. Pope of the commit- 
tee dissented, and recommended the election of 
Dr. Samuel A. Green. 

On motion of Alderman Cow Jin the election was 
laid over. 

Alderman i'lumer, from the Committee on Fire 
Department, reported leave to withdraw on peti- 
tion of John P. Treadwell, to be allowed to erect 
a wooden building on Gold street, beyond the 
limits prescribed by the ordinance regulating the 
erection of w joden'buildimrs. Accepted. 

Alderman Plumer, from the same committee, on 
the petition of the members of the Fire Depart- 
ment in iVard 16, for increase of pay, made a 
report that their pay ought to be increased, and 
fixed at the following rates: foreman of steam tire 
engine, $175; members, $1 50; other members of 
the department, as in the other wards of the city. 
Laid over. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported ill favor of the erection of stables, &c, 
as follows: 

J. B. Dacey, on Marsh street, Ward 16; Jeremiah 
Madden, to occupy a stable on Berlin street, corner 
of Coventry street; Foss & Merrill, a stable for 
four horses, in Ashton place, rear of Charles 
street; Peter Werner, for a stable for two horses, 
on Ruggles street, near Tremont street, severally 
accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Claims, 
to whom was referred the petition of Alfred Des- 
grandchrmps to be compensated for personal in- 
juries to bis daughter, caused by a defect in Boyls- 
ton square, made a report recommending that the 
petitioner have leave to withdraw, for tue reason 
that Bovlston square is a private place and the 
city is not responsible for its condition. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on 
Claims, to whom was referred the petitiouof John 
Peck to be compensated lor personal injuries 
caused by an alleged defect in Washington street, 
made a report recommending that the petitioner 
have leave to withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses as follows: 

Bicknell & Uibliu, for leave to open a skating 
rink at Neponset; Stoughton Street Baptist Soci- 
ety, for leave togive a conceit at tbeirchureh, Feb. 
1; Kimball & Luesty, to give a variety entertain- 
ment, at Franklin Hall, Jan. 30; McUi'li & Scrong, 
to exhibit a Panorama of Ireland at Tremont 
Temple; Cushing & Ladd, for an exhibition of 
Chauncy Hall School. Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also reported licenses to 21 
bootblacks, 13 newsboys, and 2 pedlers; also 
licenses for a wagon stand and as a dealer in 
second-hand artie'es, and for a transfer of a wagon 
license. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported leave to withdraw on the petition of 
F.A.Harmon to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade of Dorchester avenue ; no action 
necessary on petition of Boston & Albany Railroad 
Company to be paid for damages caused by dis- 
continuance ol Fayette street, near their railroad, 
a settlement having .een made at the close of the 
last municipal year of all matters between the 
railroad and the city, including the question con- 
tained herein. Severally accepted. 



Alderman White, from the committee on Lay- 
ing Out and Widening streets, on the part of this 
Board, to whom was referred the petition of Ben- 
jamin *. Welles, by his attorney, for apportion- 
ment of Hanover street betterment, repotted that 
the petitioner, upon his own request, have leave 
to withdraw. Acee|rted. 

Alderman Cutter submitted the following ordi- 
nance: 

An ordinance suoplemental to an ordinance in 
addition to the ordinance in relation to finance: 

Section 1. Newton lalbot aud John O. I'oor 
shall be members of the Board of Commission -rs 
on the Sinking Funds for the payment or redemp- 
tion of the city debt from the date of the pasiage 
of this ordinance uiuii the first Thursday in May 
in the year 1871. 

Read twice and passed. 

OlSDKRS t'ASSI'.I). 

On motion of AUUrnian Pope, 

Ordered, that the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with .AL 
S. & ti. N. Miller for building stone walls on the 
corner of Chapman and Mjftolk streets, and the 
corner of Suffolk and Garland streets, for a sum 
not exceeding .S700; said sum te be charged to the 
appropiiation for Suffolk stieet District. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, lhat the Committee on Cemeteries be 
authorized, if they deem it expedient, to continue 
the copying of the old and defaced records in the 
city Registrar's office, during the present munici- 
pal year, at au expense not exceeding $600; to be 
charged to the appropriation for Cemeteries. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Licenses be re- 
quested to report to this Board a schedule of hack 
fares for conveyance of passengers within Ward 
16, and trom said ward to the city proper. 

Ordered, That whereas, the agreement referred 
to in the order approved July 30, 1867, a copy 
whereof is hereto annexed, was executed on the 
8th of August, 1867, by the Mayor, as authorized by 
saiil order, but accidentally was not acknowledged, 
the Mayor he and hereby is authorized and em- 
powered in the name and'behalt of the city to ac- 
knowledge the same as the free act and deed of 
said city. 

The order in question related to the conveyance 
of a piece of land by the city to the said corpora- 
tion, and an agreement by the corporation to build 
the retaining wall on their land, the payment ot 
$7000 towards the expense, of the wall and a por- 
tion of the expense of the bridge. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That permission be granted to Thomas 
J. Dunbar and Peter Dunbar to lemove the loose 
ballast or stones from th; beach on the north side 
of Long Island, in Boston Harnor, between the 
wharf and the Government line at East Head. 

Alderman Pierce stated in explanation that it 
was designed only to place that portion of the 
beach in a smooth condition for the convenience of 
bathing houses. 

Ordered. That the Committee on Paving, to 
whom was referred the several petitions for grade 
damages on Devonshire street. Water street and 
during lane, be authorized, if they deem it expe- 
dient, to submit all matters in dispute between 
the petitioners and the city to the arbitration of 
relerees, to be chosen by said petitioners and the 
Committee on Paving, the decision of said refer- 
ees to be binding on both parties. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 

Ordered, That his Honor the Mayor be request- 
ed to petition the General Court, now in session, 
to amend the first and second sections of chapter 
172, acts of 1866, so as to allow the payment of aid 
to disabled soldiers and sailors, who being at the 
time of their enlistment and now inhabitants of 
this State, have served in the army or navy to the 
credit of any other loyal State between the lilth 
April. 1831, and the 1st September, 1865. 

Alderman Cowdin, in support of the order, 
stated that it happened in many cases, men whose 
residences were in this State, but who were resid- 
ing elsewhere out of it on account of work, enlist- 
ed on the call for troops in reirinients of other 
States. His attention had recently been called to 
a case of this kind, in which the health of the sol- 
dier had been broken down, and he had a family 
to support, but under the State Aid law he was not 
entitled to the small amount allowed to disabled 
soldiers, and his family were in a state approach- 
ing starvation. 

Alderman Gibson said he could not agree to pay- 
ing State aid in such cases; for if men went out of 



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the state to enlist, because they could obtain a 
greater bounty, they should look to those states 
where they enlisted lor their support. 

Alderman Cowdin said he believed the Alderman 
did not understand him correctly. The parties re- 
ferred to did not go out of the .state to enlist, but 
were citizens of Massachusetts, temporarily resid- 
ing out of the Mite, and responded to the call 
without regard to the matter of pay. 

Alderman < libson replied that if soldiers enlisted 
in other States, and were counted on the quota 1 of 
such states, they should he taken care ot where 
their services were accounted for. otherwise we 
should lie called upon to pay for the soldiers of all 
the other states. 

Alderman Pierce asked that the order he laid 
over. 

Alderman Cowdin cited the cases of companies 
which were organized and not accepted by the au- 
thorities of this state, when thev proceeded to 
New York and were joined to the Mozart regiment. 
These soldiers were not allowed State aid for their 
families, at first, but were afterwards orovided 
for. 

Aklerman fierce said the subject should have a 
thorough examination before petitioning the Leg- 
islature in relation to further legislation. There 
was one case now before the Legislature in which 
the City Council calls for legislation, but which 
if it had been thoroughly considered, would never 
have been sent there. This subject he knew was 
carefully considered in the Legislature in 18G6, in 
view of* all the various considerations affecting 
aid to soldiers, and he doubted whether if the 
question were opened anew, it would not lead to 
great difficulties which could not now be foreseen. 



Alderman Plumer said be agreed with the Al- 
derman who had jus: spoken, mat the subject h id 
already been carefully considered in the Legisla- 
ture, and if it erred at all, it wis on the right side, 
in being liberal in granting aid. The proposed 
course would be opening the bars which would 
lead to dangerous expenditures. 

Alderman "Cowdin called for the yeas and nays, 
but conseute J that the order should lie over. 

On motion of Al terman White, 

Orders to quit were passed, requiring Win. H. 
Boardman and others to remove all obstructions 
from tne line of extension ot Wendell street ; .John 
J. Williams, the Church of St. Vincent de Paul 
and oihe'.s to remove all obstructions from the 
line of widening of Purchase street ; Joseph Comer 
and others on Sturgis street, and Win. F. Weld 
and r. Jones on r.igii street, severally to remove 
all obstructions from the line of widening ot said 
streets, on or before the 15th April next. 

ORDERS READ 0KCE. 

On motion of Alderman Plumer, authorizing the 
Chief Engineer of the Fire Department to con- 
tract with Chapman & stringman for four sets of 
steam tire engine wheels, at a cost not exceeding 
$187 per set. 

On motion of Alderman White, for the abate- 
ment of a betterment of §250 upon Nathan Mat- 
thews for Atlantic avenue improvements, and 
assessment upon J. & C. Hunting: also orders to 
pay Fanny fluggins S?119 25 for land and damages 
in the extension of Cliff street, and Henry Kelley 
¥7901 25 for land and damages by the extension of 
Harrison avenue. 

Adjourned. 



30 



COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
FEBRUARY 2, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at V£ o'clock, Mat- 
thias Rich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE HOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The annual report of the Superintendent of 
Str sets was c rdered to be placed on tile. 

The petitions of Joseph F. Paul and others, S. S. 
Perkins and otners, C. A. C. Kusseil, and A. S. Bc- 
mis were referred, in concurrence. 

l'hc following reports were accepted, in eoncur- 
leuce: 

Report (leave to withdraw) on the petition of 
Alfred, in behalf of Amelia Desgrandscbainps, to 
be paid tor injuries received on Bovlstou street. 

Report (leave to withdraw) on the petition of 
John Peek to he paid for injuries received on 
Washington street. 

Keport (leave to withdraw) on the petition of 
John P. Treadwell for leave to erect a wooden 
building on Gold street, beyond the limits pre- 
scribe I by ordinance. 

The following oruers were severally read twice 
and passed : 

Order that the Chief Engineer be .authorized to 
submit the annual- report of the Fire Department 
m print. 

Order that whereas the agreement referred to in 
the order of July 30, 1867, viz. : the order relating 
to the agreement between the Boston & Worcester 
Railroad Corporation and tne city "f Boston, in 
relation to the Albany Street Bridge, was executed 
on the 8th day of August, 1807, bv the tlien .Mayor, 
but accidentally not acknowledged, Hie Mayor be 
authorized to acknowledge the same, as tlie free 
act and deed of the city. 

OrUers were severally read once, as follows: 

order appropriating $551 08 for repairs on sieam 
fire engines, hose ana hook and ladder carriages. 
and coal wagons. 

i Irder authorizing a contract to he made with M. 
S. & G. N. .Miller, for building stone walls at the 
corner of Chapman and .Suffolk streets, and the 
corner of Suffolk and Garland streets, foi a sum 
not exceeding $700. 

order authorizing the Chief Engineer, with the 
approval of the Committee on the Eire Depart- 
ment, to make purchases of hay, gram and horses, 
and make repairs on hose, and' furnish such sup- 
plies for the department as may he needed from 
time to time during i lie year. 

Order authorizing the Committee on Fire Alarms 
to expend not exec-dug $500 m each case, for 
attaching proper scriking apparatus to any bell, or 
making such repairs as may at anv time be neces- 
sary. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer, with the 
approval of the Committee on the Fire Depart- 
in oi, to make sucb repairs as may be needed, on 
th.? engines, hose and hook and ladder carriages 
from time to time during the year; the expense 
not to exceed .iOOO on any one piece of apparatus 
ai one time. 

Keport andorders authorizing $500 to be set apart 
from the appropriation for Widening Streets, to 
meet the incidental expenses of the street Com- 
ufs^ioners for the balance of the financial year; 
also authorizing a transfer from the appropriation 
for Water Works, Interest and Premium, to that 
for widening' Tremont street, of $25,000: also 
$36,000 to constitute a snecial appropriation 
for the erection of a Primary Schoolhouse, in the 
Sburtleff District, and that the orders ol Dec. 3 
an l JO, 1870, authorizing the borrowing of s-5,000 
and S30,0i)0 for the object specified in the 
above order, to be rescinded. 

An ordinance supplemental to an ordinance in 
addition to the ordinance in relation to iiuance 
was considered. 

Mr. Webster of Ward 6 inquired whv the ordi- 
nance did not provide that the term of Mr. Talbot 
Shi-lld be for two years, and that of Air. Poor for 
one year ? 

Tne Chair stated Piat the term for which those 
gentlemen were elected, in ace irdance with gen- 



er |] usage, did not commence until the 1st May 
next, and this ordinance constituted them nn lo- 
ot the Board of Commissioners on the sink- 
ing Fund up to that time. 

Mr. Webstersaid the ordinance appeared to limit 
to their term of office, and he thought it improper 
to pass it in this form, and would move an amend- 
on nt. 

The Chair Seated that an amendment eoul 1 he 
entertained, but there were now no Commissioners 
on the Sinking Fund, and the ordinance was de- 
signed to till the office until rhe 1st of May. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 said it seemed to be tbe 
impression that the terms of office of these gentle- 
men did not expire until IS7l> and 1873. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to refer tbe ordi- 
nance to the Committee on Ordinances. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11 slated that this BUbject 
was before the Committee on Ordinances last year. 

Mr. Smith replied that the original ordinance 
might have been before that committee, but ths 
had not been, and it was proper to refer it to that 
committee. 

llie motion to refer was carried. 

'the report of the majority of the Committee on 
the Nomination of City Physician, recommending 
the election of. William H. Page, Al. I)., and report 
of the minority of said committee, recommending 
the election of Samuel A. Green, 11. D., were read, 
ami the election was laid over. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTOH FERRIES. 

The certificate of the election of Nehemiah Gib- 
son and Frederick Pease as Directors ot East Bos- 
ton Ferries, in place of George D. Bicker and Al- 
bert C. Pond, was read. 

.Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said he had been 
informed that hi.s name would he used this 
eveoicg as a candidate for Director of the 
Eeiiies, and on this aecout a brief statement 
was due Irom him, to put himself right on the rec- 
cord. Hi' was not a candidate now, and was 
not in the other branch, where his name was used 
without his sanction or knowledge. He was on 
the committee on nomination of candidates, 
and sh'mld support the nominees of the committee. 

The Council proceeded to an election, and 
Messrs. Barker or Ward ti, Clatur of Ward 4, and 
Devineof Ward 15, were appointed a committee 
to receive, sort and count the votes. The commit- 
tee reported as follows: 

Whole numbor of votes 62 

Necessary tn a choice 32 

Aluerman N. Gibson 26 

" Geo. I). Kicker SS5 

Councilman Frederick Pease 26 

'• Albert C. Pond 35 

Aldermen Kicker and Albert C. Pond were again 
elected, in non-concurrence. 

The report was subsequently recommitted, when 
the committee made an amended report, as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Alderman George D. Kicker 36 

" Nehemiah Gibson 26 

Councilman Albeit C. Pond 43 

Frederick Pease 17 

The final result was not changed, and Messrs. 
Kicker and Pond were declared to be elected. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Aaron D. Williams and others, lor an enlarge- 
ment of Orchard nark. Referred to Committee on 
Common and Squares. 

Mrs. Nancy C. Fogg, to be paid for damages to 
her house on Dove street. Referred to Commit- 
tee en Suffolk street District. 

South Boston Iron Company and Naylor & Co., 
for the location of steam Eire Engine So. 15 on or 
near Broadway, between B street and Dorchester 
avenue. Referred to Committee on Fire Depart- 
ment. 

REPORT OF THE CIT1 BBGISTBAU. 

The City Registrar reports that during the quar- 
ter endingJanuary 31, 1871, there were received by 
hi in for certificates ol intention of marriage 9577, 
which sum has been paid into the City Treasury. 

The number of births returned bv assistant reg- 
istrars for the year 1870 was 8092, an increase of 
687 over the number recorded in the preceding 
year. 

Theie were issued during the year 3901 certifi- 
cates of intention of marriage, an increase of 117; 
and 3492 marriages were recorded, an iucrease of 
114. 

The number of deaths was 6098, an increase of 
575. 



FEBRUARY 2 



1871 



31 



The returns of Dorchester, united to Boston since 
the iust report, are embraced in the above enumer- 
ation. 

The report was ordered to be sent up. 

TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 

Sir. Patch of Ward 11, from the special commit- 
tee to whom was recommitted the report recom- 
mending the election of certain members of the 
City Council on the Board of Trustees of the Pun- 
lic Library, for the purpose of filling a vacancy 
caused by the declination of S. K. iNiles, made a 
report, recommending the election of the follow- 
ing-named persons: 

Board of Aldermen— Samuel Little; Common 
Council — VVm. J. Smith, M. F. Dickinson, Jr. 

Mr. Patch moved a suspension of the rules for 
the choice of Trustees at the present time, which 
was carried. 

The Council proceeded to an election, and 
Messrs. Webster of Ward 6 and Foye and Flan- 
ders of Ward 5 were appointed a committee to re- 
ceive, sort and count the votes. The committee 
reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 69 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Alderman Samuel Little 54 

" Edward A. White 3 

" Woolley 2 

Councilman Joseph II. Barnes 4 r » 

" JM. V. Dickinson. Jr 40 

Wm.J. Smith ...19 

•' Thomas K.Jacobs 7 

John W. Foye, John S. Moulton, Joseph T. 

Ryan, one each 3 

Alderman Little and Councilmen Dickinson and 
Barnes were declared to be elected. 

REPORT ON WATER METERS. 

Mr. Noves of Ward 5, from the Committee on 
Water, to whom was referred the order in relation 
to ascertaining the quantity of water used in all 
cases, except for extinguishing fires and i>r public 
fountains, by sufficient meters to be furnished at 
the expense of water-takers, made a report that 
the order ought not to pass. 

The report was accepted and the order was de- 
nied a second reading. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Perry of Ward 15, 

Ordered, that the Committee on Fire Depart- 



ment be and hereby are requested to select and 
recommend the purchase of a suitable location for 
a house for Hose Company No. 7. 
On motion of Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7, 
Ordered, That the Committee on the Public Li- 
brary consider and report on the expediency of a 
free branch library in South Boston. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Mr. Sayward of Ward 1G, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to expend the sum of $300 in 
addition to the amount already authorized, for re- 
pairs and alterations on Engine House No. 10; the 
said amount to be charged'to the Appropriation 
for Public Buildings. 

On motion of -Mr. Squires of Ward 8, 
Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Em- 
ily H. Sanford for estate No. CS Chapman street 
the sum of Siil50, upon her giving to the city a 
deed for said estate, and an acquittance and dis- 
charge satisfactory to the City Solicitor, for all 
damages, costs and expenses in consequence of 
the taking of said estate under the provisions of 
chap. 277, acts of 1888; said sum to l>r charged to 
the appropriation for the Suffolk Street District. 
Ordered, That the Joint Special Committee on 
the Suffolu Street District be authorized to con- 
tract with li. W. & F. Smith to reduce the grade 
of the bridge over the Boston & Albany Hailroad 
in extension of Shawmut avenue, as shown on a 
modified plan made by the City engineer, and also 
to furnish au oak plank roadway for said bridge; 
the expense on account of said change of grade 
and for said oak planking not to exceed the sum 
of .§800, said sum to be charged to appropriation 
for the Suffolk Street District. 

THE BADGE QUESTION. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 moved a reconsideration 
of the vote passed at the last meeting of the Coun- 
cil, tor the appointment of a committee to procure 
badges for members of the Council. 

The Chair stated that a? the proper notice had 
been given, under the rules, the motion woulu be 
entertained. 

The motion was carried unanimously, wheu, on 
a further motion by Mr. Flynn, the order was laid 
on the table. 

Adj< urnod. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



32 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceeding's of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 6, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at four o'clock, 
Alderman tJeukins, the Chairman of the Board, 
presiding. 

PETITIONS -'RESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Patrick Burke, Mary TV. Beardsley, Reuben 
Reed, Lewis Kice, Wesley Ritchie, Clinton Viles, 
Lvdia Blanchard, James \V T . Merriam, Edward S. 
Rand (trustee), Harvey Carpenter, Augusta Wolf, 
heirs of Jesse Ivnapp, Boston Baptist Bethel, Cor- 
nelia A. Coburn, severally for apportionment of 
Hanover street betterments. 

Oeorge 8. VVinslovv, .Stephen Kmmons, heirs of 
Theodore Barclett, John \V. McDonald, and Chas. 
Hyneman, severally for apportionment of Eliot 
street betterments. 

Rowland Ellis, lor abatement of assessment for 
Hanover street lietterments. 

Benjamin F. Mahan and others, and Edward t-lol- 
Irrook, for apportionment of Atlantic avenue bet- 
terments; the last also for abatement of? the same. 

Ma ry Jane Williams, for apportionment of Boyls- 
ton street betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

ThomasYVinsor, agent, to be paid for loss occa- 
sioned by detention of his tugboat at the draw of 
Federal Street Bridge. Referred to the Committee 
ou Claims. 

Henry Souther & Co., forjleave to lay down an 
iron pipe under Second street, opposite their 
brewery. 

Jarvis D. Bratnan, for the grade of Beacon street 
near Brookline street. 

Elizabeth R. Mills, to be paid for grade damages 
on Dorchester avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committe on Raving. 

Cbickering & Sons and others, that leave be 
granted to them to take water from th3 Jamaica 
Bond Aqueduct. Referred to Committee on 
SX ater. 

Timothy Hannon, to be paid the balance under 
his contract for removal of earth from Fort Hill. 
Referred to Committe on Fort Hill. 

John R. Hall, for abatement of assessment for a 
sewer in Centre street. Referred to the Commit- 
ree on Sewers. 

John B. Hill and others, that an alarm bell be 
placed on Baptist Church corner of Broadway and 
F s^rett. Referred to Committee on b ire Alarms. 

Wm. Emerson, for appointment as City Messen- 
ger, and Hogg. Brown & Taylor and otheis, in aid 
of said appointment. Referred to Aldermen Cow- 
din, fierce, and White, with such as the Common 
Council may.ioiu. 

Ai.XUAL BEPOHT OK THE FRANKLIN FUND. 

A report from Frederick U. Tracy, as Treasurer 
of the Franklin Fund, gives the following as the 
condition of the Fund on the first of January, 1871 : 

Amount ol Fund, January 1,157(1 $142,0GS til) 

Interest accrued during the year 9,124 47 

$151,198 37 

This amount is invested a's follows: 
Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance 

Company flt'V-Oi 74 

Provident Institution for Savings SS7 15 

Suffolk Savings Banl? 403 4S 

Joseph T. Bagel's bond :j()0 DO 

Win. Evans's bon<l sou U0 

$151,193 37 
Referred to Aldermen Little and Pierce to ex- 
amine the accounts. 

HEPvlRT OF THE OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

The quarterly report of the Overseers of the 
1 'our, for the quarter ending Jan. 31, 1871, gives 
the following statement of the receipts and ex- 
penditures : 

Receipts— Gash on band Oct. 31, 1570 $5421 83 

Drafts on City Treasurer and requisitions for 

Temporary Home 17,243 Ml 

( !a sli from c'i ties and towns f ,i.U 7u 

Town of Groton, for old bill of town vi Dor* 

Chester n ■ n 



State for s-ick paupers $2467 30; burials, $1373. 3?40 30 

Occupants of Charity Buildiag for beating. . . '257 00 

Burials 15 01 

For supplies for Temporary Home 300 00 

$JSj6S8 1) 

The expenditures were as follows: 

Paid for burials $699 37 

Cities and towns for relief of Boston poor — 3K5 63 

Expeuses of Temporary Home 2,243 91 

Committee on Home to purchase supplies — t 200 00 

Pensions and grants at office 3,9^4 60 

Immediate relief of persons having no set- 
tlement • 66 00 

Coal 2 '°?i?H 

Groceries ■^• i,1 ° 60 

Salary of Secretary, tix months 1,1(10 00 

Salary of oookkeeper 425 00 

S'Uaryof cl3ih. 312 5(1 

Salary of visitors 90(110 

( IfhYe expenses 04 5 ! 

Trans uortatlon 19 05 

Account of Charity Building, engineer, jai.i- 

tor and general expenses S3i 26 

Medical attendance in Dorchester 60 00 

$16,259 46 
City Treasurer by State for account of Over- 
seers of Poor. 3, S4j 30 

$20,099 30 

Cash balance Jan. SI 8,5S9 03 

Ordered to be sent down. 

REPORT OF SOPERINTEKDENT OF FANEU1L HALL 
MARKET. 

The report of the Superintendent of the Market, 
for the quarter ending Jan. 31, shows the following 
receipts and payments: 

C^sh received for rent of stalls $10,396 50 

' cellars 5.3« 00 

" " permanent outside stands.. 538 75 

Fees for weighing at market scales 174 95 

Cash received for rent of stalls in new mar- 
ket 3,030 00 

Cash receivad for rent of cellars in new mar- 
ket 1,462 50 

Beceiveil from occupants for coal 375 50 

Total $21,423 20 

All or which has been paid to the City Treasurer. 
Ordered to be placed on file. 

auditor's monthly exhibit. 
The monthly exhibit of the Auditor was laid be- 
fore the Board, in print, presenting an exhibit of 
the general and special appropriations for the 
present financial year of 1870-71, as s'ovvn in the 
books in his office, January 1,1871, including the 
January draft, being nine mouths' payments of 
the financial year — exhibiting the original appro- 
priations, the amount expended, and the balance 
of each unexpended at that date. A recapitula- 
tion gives the following result: 

Appropriations, 

Revenues, etc. Expended. Unexpended. 

General .... #10.163.414 16 $6.^71.629 36 $3,2:0. 7?8 10 

Special 6,:;5\s:w :t1 3,(44,830 50 8,314,007 T9 

$■6,522,252 S3 $3,91G,459 1.5 $6,«Ue»79^ S3 

Ordered to be sent clown. 

HEARING ON ORDER OF NuTICe'. 

The hearing on the order of notice on the peti- 
tion ot C. R. Richardson, to be allowed to put up 
and use a steam engine and boiler on Albany 
street, near Dover street, was taken up. No per- 
son appeared to object, and the report was teconw 
mitted. 

U IFC.TtSHI'.D BUSINESS. 

Tlje following orders were severally read a 
second time and passed. 

Older to pay members or the Fire Depart-' 
ment in Ward 16 at the following rate ueran* 
num. payable monthly: Foreman of each com- 
pany, $175; members, a?15D; pay of permanent 
men. the same as in other wards of the city, 
[amended on motion of Aldermen 1'lumer, to take 
effect 1st' April next,] 

Order authorizing a contract with Chapman & 
Straugman to build four sets of steam fire-engine 
wheels, at an expense not exceeding Sis7 per set. 

Order to change Atlantic avenue asses m >nt 
for betterment of *250 from Nathan Matthews and 
assess tbesame upon J. & c. Hunting. 

order to pay Henry Kellev &7001 25, fori in i and 
damages occasioned nj the us »n of Harrison 
avenue. 

Ordi r to '!.!> EVmnv Uuggii u I and 

damages in the widening an 1 ion of ( 1 ill" 

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1 J < ) A 11 L) O F A 1. U E It M K N , 



The order for I lie Mayor to petition the l.egisla- 
tuic for amendment ol State aid Acts bo ;is to 
allow state niii to soldiers belonging lb this state 
who served in the quota of other loyal states 
between April, 1861, and Sept. 1, 1865, was con- 
sidered. 

Aid •! man Pit roe stated that since the last meet- 
ing of the Board lie hal examined AU subject 
thoroughly, and was satisfied that mis eifv imght 
not to petition the Legislature to have' the ant 
relating to stitcaW fttnui lei. The Lejrtsature 
Oou'sltff/ed tlie subject with much care in iHUfl, in 
i*i,T, and again last year, and came to the conclu- 
sion that t was not wise or expedient so to extend 
the i nnciple upon which the act was base I as to 
increase the amount to be pai 1 lor .state aid. 

J he state and city had oce.i most liberal on this 
subje.it, and he hal procured strit'stics to show 
the expenditures which ha i been mi le. The state 
had expended In bounties anu State aid the sum 

Of $.:7,'.l72,t:U> 88. 

I'aid by the city as its portion of Stats aid.$lU,(W,009 no 

r'akl In bounties I 1,4-8, l^ 1" 

excess of State aid IS ',5,?9 .')!) 

Making a total of $ll.7f>.!,744 <;y 

which has been paid by the city in bounties and 
aid to soldiers and Ih sir families. The city and the 
Commonwealth have been mindful of the great 
services of the soldiers, and in doing so have prone 
to tlie utmost verge of liberality in legislation, 
which it. is thought best to go. Viewed in this 
light, he was of the opinion that the city should 
not petition t > have the act changed. 

Alderman Cowdin said he agreed with the Al- 
derman that the State of .'Massachusetts and the 
city had done nobly for those who fought the bat- 
tles of the country. Vet there might be one more, 
possibly fifty more, who have been neglected, or 
have now been round, and if so sudh persons 
should not be neglected any longer nor allowed to 
suiler. So long as he was able to do anything lor 
such persons, they should not be allowed to suffer. 
It was probable he was so situated that he saw 
more of such cases of suffering than any one else 
did. 'Iliere was one family that he knew of, and 
there might be ten, who were suffering from want 
of food. 

it was a custom in the Legislature to pass an 
act one year and repeal it the next, and repeal an 
act one year and rei-nact it the next. There have 
been provisions made quite fully for relief of sol- 
diers or their families, yet there may be a few left 
which have not been picked up, and shall these 
continue to be neglected? The heart revolts at it. 
It might cost $100 or $1000. On looking over what 
sacrifices these soldiers went through in the war, 
not one who was present, including himself, would 
have been willing to have taken their risks in the 
s:u I'tii e of their lives. There may be fifty widows 
or one hundred children who would receive a few 
dollars by a further provision, and this would be 
nothing at all. He hoped the order would pass, 
and while he knew the heart o° the Alderman was 
right, it could not do any harm to rake up a few 
scattering flakes, and provide for the poor widows 
who had not been included in the State aid. 

Alderman Pierce said if there are fifty, as the 
Alderman says, who have not been provided for by 
state aid, be did not doubt there was benevolence 
enough in the community to supply their wants. 
No act couhl be made which would meet every 
case, and human ingenuity could never so legis- 
late as to provide for every human want. Should 
it be attempted to meet all the cases of need, it 
may lead we know not where. The amount ex- 
pended last year was $025,000, of which the eicy 
pays forty per cent., or some $250,000. Of 
this sum of $250,000, for which tiiis city is 
taxed, but tiie small amount of $95,900 conaes back 
for the relief of Boston soldiers and their fami- 
lies. 

Alderman I'lumer said it was hardly necessity 
to say a word after the ground had been so well 
gone over. He differed with the Alderman who 
thought the: e was need to rake in a few more to 
be provided with State aid. In the littie experience 
he had had as a. member of the committee from 
bis ward, he was convinced that there was more 
need of weeding out rather than of raking in. 
There were cases where parties were receiving 
State aid who earned $700 or $800 a year, or were 
paid $:; or $4 a day at the Custom House. State 
aid was not designed for such persons, hut tor 
those who were in necessitous circumstances. 

Alderman Cowdin said he agreed with the Alder- 
man that there was need ot weeding out in some 



instances and of gathering in in other casesof those 
who were in need. Congress had been engaged in 
passing supplement after supplement in settling 
the difficulties of the country, and when it was a<f- 
mitted that peace prevails over all the land, there 
should be no objection to raking after the harvest 
ami providing in the fold tor all who are yet suf- 
lering. There were several cases which he knew 
of, in which citizens or Massachusetts served in 
New Hampshire reginiei.ts. and they were exclud- 
ed from aid under the present law. 

Alderman Oibson objected to going outside of 
the limits of the State to provide for soldiers. If 
we were called upon to provide for Slew Hamp- 
shire soldiers, we should a'sobe expected toprovide 
lor soldiers in all the other New Kngiand States. 
If these men enlisted in New Hampshire regi- 
ments, it was piobahly because they could get 
more money there. Why should this state pay for 
those who found it to their advantage to go toe re? 
He was willing to provide for our soldiers, and 
other States should do the same for theirs. There 
was no reason why this matter should come up 
here, and he could not vote for it. 

Alderman Cowdin saio he believed the Alderman 
did not fully understand the designs of the order. 
In his own case, he had under his command men 
from New Brunswick and from Canada. Who was 
expected to take care of them? The Alderman 
would not sav they should he taken care of by their 
Governments. Many of these men did go home 
and in some eases were entirely disabled. In ac- 
cordance with his pledge to the soldiers when they 
went to the war, he should vote for such measures 
as are necessary to provide that they shali oe tak- 
en care of. 

The order was rejected by a vote of 3 yeas to 9 
nays, as follows: 

Yeas — Cowdin, Talbot, Woolley. 

Nays — Cutter. Oibson, Jenkins, Little, Pierce, 
riunier, i'ope, Kicker, White. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of Aaron D. Williams, Mrs. Nancy 
C. Fogg, South Boston Iron Company and Naylor 
& to. were referred in concurrence. 

The quarterly report of the City Kegistrar was 
ordered to be placed on rile. 

The following orders were passed v in concur- 
rence: 

Order of inquiry as to expediency of locating a 
Branch Library at South Boston. 

Order lor Committee on Fire Department to pro- 
cure a site for house of Hose Co. 7. 

The ordinance supplementary to ordinance on 
Finance authorizing Newton Talbot and John O. 
Poor to act as Commif sioners on Sinking Fuuds, 
until May next, coming bark "referred to the Com- 
mittee on Ordinances," was referred, iu con- 
currence. 

TRUSTEES OF PUBLIC LIBRARY. 

The report of Committee on Nomination of Trus- 
tees of Public l'ibrary was accepted, and the cer- 
tificates of election oi" Alderman Little and Coun- 
ciltnen M. F. Dickinson Jr., and Jos. H. Barnes as 
Trustees, were read. 

The Board proceeded to an election, with the 
following result- 

Whole number of votes II 

Alderman Samuel Little 11 

Councilman M. P. Dickinsou. Jr !1 

" Joseph LI. Barnes 10 

William ^ . Smith 3 

Alderman Little and Couucihnen Dickinson and 
.Barnes were declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

The certificates of election of Alderman Kicker 
and Albert C. fond as Directors of East Boston 
Ferries were read, wheu the Board proceeded to an 
election, with the following result: 

AVhole number of votes 11 

Necessary to a choice i 

Alderman N Gibson 7 

(Jen. D. Kicker > 

Councilman Frwteric Pease II 

Albert 0, l'oml 5 

Win. F. Brooks I 

There was no choice on the part of member for 
the Common Council, when further ballotings re- 
sulted as follows: 

>■:. 3d. 

Whole number of votes li VI 

M ecessai y to a choice 7 1 

Frederic Pease H 

Albeit ('. Pond * 



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Alderman Gibson and Councilman Pease were 
declared to be elected, in non-concurrence. 

HARBOR MASTER. 

The report of Committee on Nomin ition of Har- 
bor Master was accepted, wh> j n the Board pro- 
ceeded to an election, and John T. Gardner was 
chosen, by a vote of 11 to 1 for Martin W. fewks- 
bury. 

'fin: report of Committee on Water, that the or- 
der, contemplating the attachment of meters and 
stopcocks on pipes of water consumers, ought not 
to pass, was considered. 

Alderman Cowdin said the offering of the order 
had the effect which he had designed, and with 
Che cautions of the vVater Hoard there had been so 
much saving of water, as to make the order un- 
necessary, lie should therefore be in favor of the 
acceptance of the report. The report was accepted, 
and the order rejected, in concurrence. 

On motion of Alderman Plainer, the nomination 
of Tims. F. lemple, as a meiu.>er and (ore man of 
Engine .No. ISO, was taken front the tattle. 

Alderman Piumer stated that the circumstances 
of the connection of .Mr. Temple with the tire de- 
partment, were peculiar. He was a member of 
the department in Dorchester for sixteen years, 
ana when elected to the Common Council resigned 
his office as foreman of the company. He had 
been reelected with great unanimity, and as he 
takes a great interest in it, and wishes the kind of 
exercise, he could see no reason why the wishes of 
the company should not be gratified in his holding 
the position of foreman. It would not interfere 
with his duties as Kegister ot Deeds, some one 
being provided to take his place as foreman in 
his absence, and it was believed it would give 
strength and character to the department by his 
retaining the office. The nomination was unani- 
mously confirmed. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on Steam 
Engines, reported in favor of granti. g the petition 
of Clement & Creesy to use a steam engine and 
boiler at 11 Wareham street. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall, reported in favor of the petition c f Wil- 
liam L. liuit and others for the use of Faueuil Hall 
March 3, for a ball. Accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of granting licenses, as 
follows: Post 2ti, G. A. K., to give a dramatic per- 
formance at institute Hall,. Feb. 23; Clara Louise 
Kellogg, to give concerts at Music Hall, Feb. 9-11 ; 
Warren .street Chapel Association, to give an en- 
tertainment at Music Hall, Feb. 22; biWard .Mullin 
to exhibit a pedestrian match at Franklin Hall, 
Feb. 7; also for transfer of wag m licenses and for 
a license to keep an intelligence office, severally 
accepted. 

Licenses as Auctioneers — Frederic Abrahams, 
Arlington, Drowne <& Co.,, Aaron D. Caoeu. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Com- 
mon and Public Grounds, to whom was referred 
the petition ot S. C. Timing ami others that the 
area of Highland nark m ly be enlarged, made a 
report recommending that the petition be referred 
to the Committee en Water, as the park is now 
under the control oi the Water Department. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Little, from, the same committee, to 
whom waa referred the petition of Aaro.iD.C.ipen, 
for leave to cut down certain trees on Kiver street, 
Ward 1 J, made a report recommending that the 
petitioner be authorized to remove, at his own ex- 
pense, such trees in front of bis estate on Kiver 
street as the .superintendent of Common, &c, may 
designate. Accepted. 

Alderman kicker, from the Committee on Public 
Instruction, to wlioun was referred the petition of 
the Trustees of the Koxnury Latin .school, for an 
appropriation, made a report, accompanied with 
orders for an appropriation ot $1500, conditioned 
upon trie report of said Trustees beinji' made to the 
.school Committee, and providing for toe transfer 
of an appropriation for the purpose. 

Tlie orders were read once. 

SUPER. ITTENDENT OF STREETS. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee to Nomi- 
nate a Candidate for Superintendent of streets, 
made a renort recommending the election of 
Charles Harris. 

The Hoard proceeded to an election, whan 
Charles Harris was chosen by an unanimous vote. 

CITY PHVBICIAK. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, the election O' 



City Physician was taken from the table, when 
the Board proceeded to an election, as follows: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

bamuel A. Green 8 

Wm. H. Page 4 

Dr. Samuel A. Green was declared to be elected, 
on the part of the Board. 

SUPERINTENDE17T OF HEALTH. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee to Nomi- 
nate a suitable Candidate lor the Office of Super- 
intendent of Health, made a report recoinmenumg 
the election of George W. Forristall. 

i'lie Board proceeded to an election, when George 
W. Forristall was chosen by an unanimous vote. 

PERMANENT ASSESSORS. 

Alderman kicker, from the Committee to Nom- 
inate Candidates for Permanent Assessors, made 
a repoit recommending the election of Thomas 
Hills, Benjamin Cashing, Horace Smith, James 
Kitchie and Daniel H Whitney. 

The Board proceeded to an election, with the 
following result: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

j'iiiis. liills 12 

Uenj. Cashing 12 

Horace Smith... II 

Thos. J. Hanerof t In 

James Kitchie 7 

Daniel II. Whitney 4 

.Benjamin V. Palmar 1 

Geo. F. Richardson 1 

Messrs. Hills, Cashing, Smith, Bancroft and 
Kitchie were declared to be elected. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF COM210N. 

Alderman Plumer, from the Committee to Nom- 
inate a Candidate for Superintendent of 
Common and Public Grounds, made a report 
recommending the election of John Gafvin, 
and moved that the election be laid on the 
taole. The office, he said was an anomalous 
one, the incumbent doing a large business of 
his own, in greenhouses, and in the cultivation 
of a farm in West Koxbury, and as the lessee 
of the greenhouse in the Public Garden. Without 
raising the question of merits in Mr. Galvin, in 
all other cases the entire services of heads of de- 
partments are glv'tn to th3 city, and it would seem 
that the office should require the services of a per- 
son of culture and ta'ste, without other business. 
He did not say that .Mr. Galvin did not attend to his 
business, and as a general thing he was in favor of 
the reelection of the incumbent of au office if 
there was no good reason for a change. He washed 
t i see if there was no one else for suck au office, 
and if not should vote for Mr. Galvin. 

The election was laid on the table. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SEWERS. 

Alderman Pope from the Committee to Nominate 
a Candidate for the Office of Superintendent of 
Sewers, made a report of the majority of the com- 
mittee, recommending, the eleciiou of Wm. H. 
Bradley. Messrs. O'Connor and Adams of the 
Council, a minority of the committee, dissented 
from the report of the majority, and recommended 
the election of Lucius W. Knight. 

The Board proceeded to au election of Superin- 
tendent of Sewers. 

Alderman Pope srid he was authorized by Mr. 
Knight to say that lie was not a candidate for the 
office and did not wish that anyone should vote 
for him. 

The result of the ballot wad the choice of .Air. 
Bradley, by a vote of 10 to 2 tor Lucius W. Knight. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee to Nomi- 
nate a Candidate for Superintendent of Public 
Buildings, made a report, recommsn ling the elec- 
tion of James C. Tucker. 

Tne Board proceeded to an election, and made 
choice of .Mr. Tucker by an unanimous vote. 

CITY SURVEYOR. 

Alderman Little, from the »' nnmittee to Nomi- 
nate a Candidate for Citv Surveyor, m ule a report 
recommending the election of Thorn is w. Davis. 

The Board proceeded to an election, when Thos. 
W. Davis was chosen by an unanimous vote. 

Alderman Pieice, From the Committee on Pav- 
ing, to whom was referred th ■ petition of Thos. 
E.Drake and wife for g.a l<- damages on Trum- 
bull street; alsoon petition ol Win. L. Under w > >d 
for grade damages it No. 743 Washington street, 
reported severally leave t> withlraw. Accented. 



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Alderman Pierce, from the sunn' committee, re- 
ported leave to withdraw ou petition of L. B. 

Lockwood lor a plank sidewalk on E I more street., 

said street being a privat • w ty; also leave to witii- 
draw on petii ion ol 11 uv t&. urady for grade dam- 
ages. Severally accepte I. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor or petitions to huild stables as 
follows: James H. sprague, for a stable for one 
liois"at 792 Washington street; Frederick Pope, 
for a ^t ible corner ot' Comra m wealth avenue and 

t'l.UeiUloil SW8et. Ar:!';!..!' 1. 

Alderman ( 'utter, from t ;-, ■ Committee on Ordi- 
nances, to whom was referred the request of the 
Board <>f Directors for fuhlic institutions, for an 
amendment of the ordinances relating to .-..iti 
Board, made a report recommmding th? chances 
proposed by said Directors. The report was laid 
over. 

Alderman Cutter, from the same committee, re- 
ported an ordinance to provide for the election of 
Superintendent of the Broadway Bridge. Laid 
over. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Tierce, 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer he and he is 
hereby directed to abate the bill Of -S;;:) against 
Elizabeth. G. itandall tor edgestones furnished by 
the city in front of her estate on Blue 11 ill avenue, 
she being pecuniarily unable to pay said bill. 

Alderman Pierce slated that the assessors had 
abated the tax on the estate beciuse of the inabil- 
ity of the par y to pay it, and for the same reason 
this should be abated. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That three members of this Board be 
appointed to visit and hit pecfc the several prisons 
and houses of detention in the county Of Suffolk, 
and to make the examinations and reports required 
by the statutes ot the Commonwealth. 

Alderman Little, Cutter and Pope weie ap- 
pointed the committee. 

On motion of Alderman linker, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bells and 
Clocks be authorized to place a new clock on the 
tower of the Lincoln Sehoolliouse, South Boston, 
at an expense not exceeding S(i50: said sum to be 
charged to the appropriation for Bells and Clocks. 

Alderman Kicker stated that there was now an 
electrical clock on the tower of this schoolhouse, 
but it was constantly but of order, and required 
much expense to make it ot any value. It was ac- 
cordingly believed to be best to put up a new 
clock. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to 
Company C, First Battalion of Infantry, 31. V. 31., 
the sum of ¥500, being half the expense of repair- 
ing the armoiy occupied by said company in Ke- 
vere Hall, Bowdoin square said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for Armories. 



On motion of Alderman Little, an order was 
passed to abate a nuisance on premises of ttamneJ 
Crosby, Nos. i and ;i Maiden court, by reason of 
overflowing vault. 
On motion of Alderman Kicker, 
Ordered, That the Committee on the Asses 
Department c insider the expediency of amen 
the ordinance in relation to the assessment ami 
collection of taxes in Bach manner as to provide 
tor the election of sis Assessors, and also 
they consider the expediency of changing the term 
of office m such manner that only a part of the 
Board of Assessors and First Assistant Asse- 
>ha>l be elected annually. 
On motion of Alderman Pope, 
Ordered, lint the sum of *20 28, assessed uoop 
31ary Ann Beady for a sewer in Bolton street, be 
abated, and the same . amount he assessed upon 
Richard Fuzgerald; also, that the sum of 820 28, 
assessed upon Jacobs >.v Deane for a sewer in Bol- 
ton street, be abated, and the same amount be 
assessed upon James Carbrey's heirs; also, thait 
the sum of $38 70, assessed upon .Maiv P. Driscoll 
for a sewer in Tudor street, be abated, and that th ■ 
same be assessed upon Edward Donovan; also, 
that the sum of $49 79, assessed upon C. .M. Vinson 
for a sewer in Emerson street, be abated, and that 
the same be assessed upon Thomas .M.Vinson's 
heirs. 
On motion of Alderman White, 
Orders of notice to quit were passed, requiring 
Simeon Litchfield and all other persons owners, 
proprietors, tenants, occupants or otherwise on 
the line of extension of Harrison avenue, taken 
for the said extension, to remove all obstructions 
therefrom on or before the 15th April next. 

Orders to quit were also passed requiring al- 
persons interested in land taken to widen King 
stoc street, to remove all obstructions therefrom 
on or before 15th April next. 

Orders to quit were also passed requiring heirs 
of Wm. Foster and others to remove all obstruc- 
tions to the widening of Broad street on or before 
15th April next. 

ORDERS READ OUCE. 

On motion of Alderman White, 
orders to pay John R. Brewer .^74:;C for property 
taken in the name of John H.J. Hiucke for the 
widening of Kingston street; also to pay to K. F. 
G. Lindsay $9960 for laud taken to extend Clitt 
street- 
Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 
Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor cause a 
national salute to be tired ou Boston Common, 
Last Boston, South Boston, Koxburv and Dorches- 
ter, at noon, on the 22d February, iust.. in com- 
memoration of the birthday of (ieorge Washing- 
ton, the expense of the same to be charged to the 
appropriation for Incidental Expenses. Laid over. 
Adjourned. 



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COMMON COIN C I I. 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

FKBRUARY 9, 1871. 



The regular weekly meetirg of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at l'i o'clock, 
Matthias Kieh, President, iii the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OP ALDERMEN. 

The quarterly report of Overseers of the Poor 
and the Auditor's monthly exhibit were ordered to 
be pla.ed on lile. 

The petitions of Chickering & Sons, John B. Hill 
and others, and of Thos. Winsor, were severally 
referred, in concurrence. 

Messrs. Vannevar of Ward 8, Huberts of Ward 
11, Foye of Ward 5, Prescott of Ward 6, and Mul- 
lane of Ward 13 wero joined to the committee on 
the application of William Emerson to be elected 
City Messenger. 

The report on the petition of S. C. Thwing and 
others, that the area of Highland park be enlarged, 
was referred to the Committee on Water, in con- 
«urrence. 

The order that there be paid to Company C, First 
Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M., $500, being half 
the expense of repairing their armory in Kevere 
Hall, was read once. 

The following oraers were severally read twice, 
and passed: 

Keport and order that the pay of the members of 
the Fire Department in Ward 16 be ac the follow- 
ing rates per annum: the foremen of each company 
$175, the members 1150. and the permanent men 
as in tne other wards, payable monti.lv. 

Order that the Chief Engineer be authorized, 
with the approval of the Committee on the Fire 
Department, to contract with Messrs. Chapman 
and Strangman to build four sets of steam tire-en- 
gine wheels, at an expense of not more than $187 
per set. 

Order that the Committee on the Assessors' De- 
partment consider the expediency of amending the 
ordinance in relation to taxes so as to provide for 
the election of six assessors, and of changing the 
term of office, so that only a part of the Board of 
Assessors and First Assistant Assessors shall be 
elected annually. 

The reports nominating candidates for Superin- 
tendent of Public Buildings, Superintendent of 
Sewers, Superintendent of streets, City Surveyor, 
and Superintendent of Health, wilh the certificates 
of election of those officers, respectively, were 
read, and the elections were ordered to be laid 
aver, under the rules. 

HARBOR MASTER. 

The certificate of election of John T. Gardner as 
Harbor Master was read, when the Council pro- 
ceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Kobbius of Ward 8, O'Brien of Ward 7, 
and Clatur of Ward 4, were appointed a commit- 
tee to receive, sort and count the votes, reporting 
as follows: 

Whole number of votes 64 

Necessary to a choice 28 

John T. Gardner, 49 

Martin W. Tewksburv 4 

M. F.Wells 1 

Mr. Gardner was declared to be elected, in con- 
surrence. 

ASSESSORS OF TAXES. 

The election of Assessors of Taxes was taken 
ui), under suspension of the rules, when Messrs. 
Emery of Ward 10, Bobertson of Ward 4, anil 
Brown of Ward 2 were appointed a committee to 
receive, sort, and count the votes. The committee 
reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Thomas Hills 4U 

Benjamin Cushing 50 

Horace Smith 42 

Thos. J. Bancroft 43 

James Kitchie 34 

Daniel 11. Whitney 44 

George F. Richardson 6 

James Demiie 1 

A. E. Holrten 1 



Messrs. Hills. Cashing, > 1 1 1 1 1 ii , Bancroft, and 
Whitney were declared to be elected, the last- 
named in Don-concurrence, in place of Mr. Kitchie. 

CITY MIYSICIAN'. 

The certificate of election of City Physician was 
read, u hen the Council proceeded t«> an election. 
Mcs-rs. Stone of Ward 5, Jacobs of Ward 3. and 
Eocke of \\ ard 12 were appointed a committee to 
receive, sort and count the votes. The committee 
reported as follows : 

Whole number of votes 68 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Wm. H." Pane 29 

Samuel A. Green 31 

J. S. Jones 1 

Dr. Green was declared to be elected, iD concur- 
rence. 

DIEECTORb OF EAST BOSTON PERSIES. 

The certificate of the election of Nebemiah Gib- 
son and Frederick Pease as Directors of East Bos- 
ton J>erries, in place of George D. Kicker and Al- 
bert C Pond, was read, and the Council proceeded 
to an election. 

Messrs. Winch of Ward 10, Taj lor of Ward 2, 
and Perry of Ward 15 were appointed a committee 
to receive, sort and count the votes, reporting the 
result as follows; 

Whole number of votes <i3 

N ecessary to a choice 32 

Alderman Nehemiah Gibson .0 

" George I). Kicker 37 

Councilman Albert C. Pond 47 

•• Frederick Pease 13 

" F. Pease 1 

Alderman Kicker and Councilman Pond were 
again declared to be elected, in non-concurrence. 

UJTFINUSH ED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order appropriating $551 08 for repairs on steam 
fire engines, hose and hook and ladder carriages 
and coal wagons. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
M. S. & (i. N. Miller, for building stone walls at 
the coiner of Chapman and Suffolk streets and 
the corner of Suffolk and Garland streets, for a 
sum not exceeding seven hundred dollars. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer, with the 
appioval of the Committee on the Fire Depart- 
ment, to make purchases of hay, grain and horses, 
and make necessary repairs on hose and furnish 
such supplies for the department as may be needed 
from time to time daring the year. 

Order authorizing the Committee on Fire Alarms 
to expend, not exceeding live hundred dollars in 
each case, for attaching proper striking apparatus 
to any bell, or making such repairs as may at any 
time be necessary. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineer, with the 
approval ol the Committee on the Fire Depart- 
ment, to make such repairs as may be needed on 
the engines, hose anil hook and ladder carriages, 
from time to time during the year; the expense 
not to exceed five hundred dollars on any one piece 
of apparatus at one tune. 

Order that three hundred dollars be expended, 
in addition to the amount already authorized lor 
repairs and alteration of Engine House No. 10. 

Order authorizing a cov tract to be made with (1. 
W. & F, Smith, to reduce the grade of the bridge 
over the Boston & Albany Kailroad, in extension 
ol" Shawmut avenue, and to furnish the oak-plank 
roadway for said bridge ; the expense not to exceed 
eight hundred dollars. 

The order to pay Emily H. Sauford, for estate 68 
Chapman street, six thousand one hundred and 
fifty dollars, on her giving a satisfactory deed of 
the same, and acquittance for all damages and ex- 
penses in consequence of the taking of said estate 
was considered. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said an explanation might 
be necessary in relation to this order, since i: 
had been the occasion of considerable talk during 
the past week. Under the act in relation to the 
Suffolk Street District, owners ol propertj hid the 
right to surrender their estates to the city, and .he 
city had the right to buy' such estates. * The only 
question, therefore, to be considered was. wheth- 
er, on the sui render of an estate, the city shoi. Id 
buy it or go to law. .Mrs. San ford built this bouse 
two years ago at a cost of $0000, and she wishes to 
get for it the cost and taxes. 

The Committee on the Suffolk street District 
had considered the matter carefully, and came to 
the conclusion that what was asked for the estate 



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was on the whole a very fair price, and that it 
was for the best interests of the city to buy it. 
Unless a purchase was made, and should the case 
go to a jury, he did not doubt that some lawyer 
would De found to work upon their sympathies, 
and get more than $1000 above that price. The 
property was assessed at $5720, which of course 
would not be the full value of the estate. 

It was objected that ihe city ought not to go in- 
to the real estate business, or pay more than the 
assessed value of property. But the city has no 
option in the case, for when property is surren- 
dered it must be purchased. Then the" city is buy- 
ing property every day which is not wanted for 
street videning. There are three e tates of that 
kind ia Middlesex street, and one on Chapman 
street, and the committee are all the titre engaged 
in negotiations for property of the kind surren- 
dered. It cannot be expected that they can be 
taken at the assessed valuation, yet some of these 
estates are taxed as much as they are worth. On- 
ly one otter of sale had been made at the assessed 
valuation. 

In looking over the various cases of this class, it 
was found that there was considerable difference 
bPtween th<; assessed valuation and the offer made 
by the committee, and this had proved to be as 
low as any, with one exception. The settlement 
of this question was important, because if the 
Council vote not to take this estate, then the com- 
mittee will not negotiate for any more. The only 
course will then be for the parties to surrender 
their estates and go to law. There is no option for 
the city but to take the property surrendered. 
That there may be a fair expression of opinion on 
the subject, he asked for the yeas and nays on the 
passage of the order. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 opposed the order on the 
ground that the committee had adopted an arbi- 
tary rule in establishing the valuation of such 
estates, a valuation of $5700 having been fixed 
upon by experts, which was ten per cent, above 
the assessed value, and yet the committee propose 
to pay $6100 for the estate. The estate was not 
needed for street widening, and the city ought not 
to go into the business of buying real estate. He 
was therefore oppose 1 to the passage of the order. 

Mr. Smith mentioned several cases in the pur- 
chase of estates not wanted for street widen ings 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said this was but a 
small amount, which was involved, et it would 
establish an important precedent. He would like 
for more time to consider it, and moved to lay the 
order on the table. Carried. 



The following orders were passed: 

Report and orders authorizing five hundred dol- 
lars to be set apart from the appropriation for 
Widening streets, to meet the incidental expenses 
of the Street Commissioners for the balance of 
the financial year: also authorizing a transfer 
from the appropriation for Water Works, interest 
and premium, to that tor widening Tremont street, 
of twenty-five thousand dollars; also thirty-six 
thousand dollars to constitute a special appropri- 
ation for the erection of primary schoolhouse in 
the Shurtleff District, and" that the orders of Dec. 
3 and SO, 1870, authorizing the borrowing of twen- 
ty-five thousand and thirty-six thousand dollars 
for the object specified in the aoove order, be re- 
scinded. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

W. Toussaint, for an extension of time in which 
to build on a lot of land agreed to be conveyed to 
him by the city, on Wareham street. Referred to 
the Committee on Public Lands. 

REPORT OF A COMMITTEE. 

Mr. Dickinson of 'Vard 11, from the Committee 
on Ordinances, to whom was referred the ordi- 
nance to authorize the persons elected from the 
citizens at large, as Commissioners on the Sinking 
Fund, to enter upon their duties forthwith, made 
a report, in which they recommend that the ordi- 
nance ought to pass. 

The report was accepted and the ordinance was 
read a second time and passed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, 

Ordered, That the expense of preparing, print- 
ing and binding the Municipal Register and other 
documents furnished to the City Council under the 
direction of the Committee on Joint Rules and 
Orders, be charged to the appropriation for Print- 
ing. 

On motion of Mr. N'oyes of Ward 5, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Fire Alarm 
consider the expediency o*' placing a gong on 
Hook anJ Ladder House .No. 3. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 offered the following or-' 
der: 

Ordered, That $147 b° paid to John Hake, in 
full for injuries to his son Charles, run over by 
Steamer No. 11 on the 22d October last. 

The order was referred to the Committee on Fire 
Department. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON, 

Proceeding's of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 13, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Ai- 
dermen was held this afternoon, at four o'clock, 
Alderman Jenkins, the chairman, presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special police officers, without pay— J. A. .Morse, 
for duty in Ashton place and vicinity; Charles 
D'lun, for duty at M. K. Mission, Washington Vil- 
lage; Win. A. Con ion, for duty at Morgan Chapel. 

Constables — Henry Crane, Jr. Win. B. Hughes. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND RBEEBBED. 

James Vickery, Albert Bowker, Chikls, Crosby 
& Lane, Patrick Canny, Henry A. Hol.leu auJ 
Jacob Alexander, severally for apportionment of 
Hanover street betterments. 

Almon Blood, Adam S. Hill and wife, for heirs of 
C. &1. Dehon, severally for apportioumtne of Eliot 
street betterments. 

John Blaikie, for correction of an error in the 
assessment of Hanover street, betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Windsor Street Mission, for abatement of side- 
walk assessment. 

Newman McCully, for the grade of Brighton 
avenue, near Beacon street. 

Mechanics' National Hank, to be paid for grade 
damages on Broadway and Doichester avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Boston Provident Association, against the loca- 
tion of the Home for the Poo* at. Deer Island. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Public Institutions. 

Win. CutchclifT, Jr., to be compensated for an al- 
leged imperfect construction of a drain at 2'M 
Princeton street. 

Commissioners of West Roxbury, that this city 
would cooperate with them in the improvement of 
Stony Brook. 

severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Peter Brash, to be compensated for personal in- 
juries caused by an alleged defect in Merrimac 
street. 

J aires McGlynn, to he compensated for the 
death of his son caused by the alleged ciuei treat- 
ment of a teacher in the Dwight School. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Orsanuis Nine, lor leave to construct alivery sta 
hie in rear of Dartmouth street, near the railroad 
crossings. Referred to the Committee on Health. 

C. K.Dillaway and others, that the city would 
purchase additional land to enlarge Highland 
Park. .Referred to the Committee on Water. 

F. F. Washburn, for appointment as Superin- 
tendent of Common; and Massachusetts Horti- 
cultural Society, in aid of the same. 

Chas. W. Slack ana others, and Isaac T. Camp- 
bell and others, for appointment of Henry A. .May- 
as Superintendent of Common. 

Severally read and sent down. 
QUARTERLY REPOBT OF THE CITY CLFUK. 

The City Clerk renorts for the quarter ending 
Jan. 31, the receipts; in his official capacity as fol- 
lows: 

Recording mortgages, liens, assignments, &c. ..$5f6 55 

Use of Faneuil Hall, WD .. 3<. r > im 

Licenses as auctionoere :j(i UU 

" intelligence offices i> uo 

" billiard saloons 136 CO 

SKW9 55 
All of which has been paid into the City Treas- 
ury. 

UEAUINii ON ORDER OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on petition of I,. 1'. Wiggin & Co., 
for leave to put up and use a steam engine and 
boiler at Nns. -170, 472 Harrison avenue, was taken 
mi, and no person appearing in relation thereto, 
the report was recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed : 

Order to allow and pay to the Trustees of the 
Roxbury Latin School $1500, to be expended in 
such ln.innei as they shall deem expedient for Ihe 



maintenance of sail school: provided that said 
Trustees shall make the annual report to the 
schooi Committee mentioned in chapter 186, acta 
of 1869; also that the Auditor oi Accounts !.c au- 
thorized to transfer the sum of S1500 from the Re- 
served fund to meet the appropriation for said 
school. 

Report and ordinance t i amend ordinance relat- 
ing to public institutions, as follows: 

sec. 1. ihe ordinance in relation to the public 
institutioi.s is hereby amended by striking out in 
the seventh section all between the word "price" 
ui the fourth Hue and the word "no" in the 
eighteenth line; also by striking out Che second 
and third lines in the eighth section ami inserting 
after the word "print" in the fifth, line the words 
"to the City Council. ' 

Report aid ordinance to establish the office of 
Superintendent of Bioadway Bridge. 

order for the observance of Washington's Birth- 
day by salutes in Boston, Fast Boston, South 
Boston, Roxbury and Dorchester a1 12 M. 

Order to pay John K. Brewer (7436, for Ian I 
taken in the name of John H. J. Hiucke for the 
widening of Kingston street. 

Order to pay K. F. (i. Lindsay $35 20, for Cliff 
street damages. 

PAPERS FROM Till: COMMON COU2TOIL 

The pct'tion of Win. Toussamt was referred, in 
cmcurrenee. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Report and ordinance in favor of the appoint- 
ment of .Newton Talbot and John O. Poor as Com- 
missioners on sinking Funds till May 1. 

order to charge the expense of printing the Mu- 
nicipal Register, etc., to Appropriation for Print- 
ing. 

Order for Committee on Fire Alarms to report 
on expediency of placing a gong in House of Hook 
and Ladder Company No. J. 

Older authorizing a contract to 1 e made with C. 
W. & F. Smith to reduce the grade of the Dridge 
over (he Boston & Albany Railroad, in extension 
of Shawmut avenue, and to furnish the oak plank 
roadway fur said bridge ; the expense not to ex- 
ceed eight hundred dollars. 

Order that three hundred dollars be expended 
in addition to the amount already authorized for 
repairs and alteiations of Engme House No. 10. 

Order to pay John Hake $147 tor personal inju- 
ries suffered by his son by Engine No. 11. 
Referred to Committee on the Fire Department. 

ELECTION OF ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of election of Daniel H. Whitney 
as Assessor, in place of James Ritchie, was read, 
when the Board proceeded to an election. The re- 
sult of the ballot was as follows: 

Whole number of votes 13 

Necessary to a choice 7 

.James Ritchie 5 

Daniel II. Whitrey 7 

Mr. Whitney was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

The election of Alderman Ricker and Albert C. 
Pond as Directors of Fast Boston Ferries, in place 
ot Alderman NehemiahGribson and Frederick Pease, 
coming up in non-concurrence, the Board proceed- 
ed to a" ballot, the result of which was as follows: 

Whole number of votes \i 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Alderman >> . Gibson 6 

" Gee. D. Ridker 6 

Councilman Frederick Pease 4 

Albe.t ('.Pond 7 

Wm. F. Brooks 1 

Councilman Albert ( . Pond was declared to be 
elected, in concurrence, and there was no choice 
of Alderman as a Direct u \ 
The Board proceeded to another ballot, which 
esulted as foil >ws: 

Whole number of voles. L> 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Alderman N. Gibson 7 

Alderman George 1). Ricker 5 

Alderman Gibson «as declared to be agiin 
elected, in non-concurrence. 

TOLLS ON EAST BOSTO FERRIES. 

Alderman Gibson presented a communication 
from the Hire, 'tors of Fast Boston Ferries, in reply 
to an order of the City Council, approved January 
13, as fellows: 



FEBRUARY 13 



1871 



39 



The Board of Directors of the East Boston Fer- 
ries would respectfully submit in reply to the fore- 
going order, that the amount received for foot pas- 
sengers for the six months coding December SI, 
1S70, is $47,753 29, as per schedule annexed.jand 
that the extra expense lor collecting, the same is 
$4450, or nearly ten per cent. 

This Board would also respectfully submit that 
in consideration of the ferries being; the cniy high- 
way mi the Commonwealth ever which citizens are 
compelled to pay toll to reach their City Hal), it 
would dc expedient soon to remove the tolls from 
foot travel, and that the deficiency be met by an 
appropriation made by your honorable nody. 

Signed by N. Gibson and all the Directors. 

the schedule submitted has the following ex- 
hibit of receipts from foot passengers: 

:<49,34n in horse eats, 1 cent each $3,493 40 

1,112,100 passeii^eis, 1 '.. cants each 16.6S4 25 

1,:;7:;.:;2 " jj " •' 21,563 64 

Tot :d $47,753 '29 

Received for wa-om, carriages, Arc 35,764 8a 

Making a total of receipts of $33,517 .14 

The communication was referred to the Commit- 
tee en Feriies. 

REPORTS OK COMMITTEES. 

Aldermen Pierce, irom the Joint ••standing Com- 
mittee on Claims, to whom was referred the peti- 
tion of Mary A. K. 1'hister, to be compensated for 
personal injuries caused t-y an alleged defect in 
Cherry street in t SOU, made a report recommending 
that the petitioner have leave to withriraw. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, on the petition of J.B.Crosby and otheis, 
that the grade of Camden street he raised, reported 
an order, which was read once, authorizing the 
superintendent of streets to grade Camden street 
between Tremoht street and the Boston & Provi- 
dence Railroad, at an expense of $'2500. 

Alderman W hite, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor ol licenses, as follows: 
John T. Hal! to give exhibitions at the Olympic 
Tbeatie this season; Win. M. Harding to exhibit 
a minnuure steamboat at No. 3 Tremont row, 
Carl Knappe, to give exhibitions of dissolving 
views at Music Hall, Feb. 13, 14; J. Schumacher, 
to give a dramatic, exhibition at the Olympic 
Theatre, Feb. 13; K. G. Batchelder to exhibit a 
panorama at East Boston. Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also reported in favor of licenses 
to -t> newsboys, 5 bootblacks and 3 pedlers, also to 
sundry persons as victuallers and inuholders, for 
sale of second-hand articles, to keep a billiard 
saloon, ami for wagon licenses. Severally ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Cowdin.from the Committee on Steam. 
Engines, to whom was referred the petitiou ot C. 
K. Richardson & Co. to erect a stationary steam 
engine on Albany street, near Dover street, made 
a report, with the following order, which was 
passed: 

Ordered, That a license he granted to C. R. Rich- 
ardson & Co. to erect and use a stationary engine 
and boiler in their building on Albany street, near 
Dover street; provided that the chimney and 
smoke-stack connected with said engine aud boiler 
shall be at least seventy-five feet in height from the 
foundation thereof, and also that no shavings 
shall be kept in the furnace-room except m a 
box properly covered to prevent the spread of tire. 
Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, on the petition of Henry Souther & Co., re- 
ported the following order, which was passed: 

Ordered, That the' Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grant permission to Henry (Souther 
<& Co. to lay down an iron pipe under Second 
street, for the purpose of obtaining a supply of 
water for their brewery from a well on their prem- 
ises on the opposite side of s.nd Second street ; 
provided that said Henry Souther & Co. shall 
first give to the city an agreement in writing sat- 
isfactory to the City Solicitor, to save the city 
harmless from all damages, costs and expenses 
which may result from the laying of said iron pipe 
under said street, and provided said Henry 
Souther & Co. shall remove said pipe when or- 
dered so to do by the Board of Aldermen. 

CHIEF A«D ASSISTANT ENGJITEERS OE THE FIRE 
UEPAKTMllKT. 

Alderman Plumer, from the Committee to Nom- 
inate a Chief and Assistant Engineers of the Fire 
Department, made a report as follows: 



Chief Engineer— John S.Damrell. 
Assistant Engineers — Joseph Dunbar, David 
Chamberlin, Zeuas E. Smith, VVm. A. Ureen, Geo. 
Brown, John \V. Regan, Elijah B. Hine, Johns. 
Jacobs, Phineas D. Allen, Rufus B. Farrar, John 
Culligan, Joseph Barnes, Sylvester H.Hebard, J. 
Foster Hewius. 

The Board proceeded to an election of Chief En- 
gineer of the Fire Department, when John S. 
Damrell was unanimously chosei . 

The election for fourteen Assistant Eugineers 
resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes J2 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Joseph Dunbar 12 

David Chamberlin S» 

Zenas E. Smith 12 

William A. Green 12 

George Brown 12 

John W. Regan 12 

Elijah B. Hine 5 

John S. Jacobs 12 

P'nneas D. Allen 7 

Rut'us B. w'avrar 9 

John Culligan 12 

Joseph barnes 12 

Sylvester H.Hebard S 

J.Foster Hewins 9 

James Monroe 10 

Chas. H. Blake 8 

William H. Cunningham 3 

Messrs. Dunbar. Chamberlin, Smilh, Green, 
Brown, Regan, Jacobs, Farrar, Culligan, Barnes, 
Hebard, Hewins, Monroe and Blake were declared 
to be elected. 

SUPERINTEi.'DEisTT OF FIRE ALARMS. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Committee to 
nominate a Candidate for Superintendent of Fire 
Alarms, made a report recommending the election 
of John F. Kennard. 

The Board proceeded to an election, when John 
F. Keunard was unanimously reelected on its 
part. 

SIJI'IJIUNTENDENT OF COMMON. 

Aldevm.tii l.ittie moved to take from the table 
the report of the Committee to Nominate a Candi- 
date for superintendent of Common aud Public 
Grounds. 

The motion was carried, when the report was 
accepted. 

Alderman Plumer moved to assign the election 
to Monday next, 4}£ o'clock. 

Alderman Pierce opposed postponement, be- 
lieving that the sooner the Board made the elec- 
tion the more comfortable it would be. He hoped 
the election would take place now, unless there 
were strung reasons why it should go over. 

Alderman Plumer, in support of the motion, 
said there had been two petitions presented this 
afternoon, from respectable sources, recommend- 
ing other persons for the office, and he vvished for 
an opportunity to injuire as to the merics of these 
individuals. As he stated before, he was deoided- 
lv in favor of a change in the office, so that it 
would be like other departments, requiring the 
entire services of the incumbent. The public ser- 
vice would receive no detriment by the delay, and 
heshiuld be better satisfied to have a postpone- 
ment of the election. 

Alderman Little said if there were good reasons 
for the postponement, he should have made no 
objection. Since last week half of the time of 
_ the Aldermen had been taken up in hearing the 
" claims of various parties for the office. The can- 
didates mentioned for the position are well-known 
to members of the Board, and judging from con- 
versations, the Board was as well able to settle the 
matter immediately as it would be at soma future 
time. 

Alderinau Plumer further objected to pressing 
the election, and said an additional reason might 
be adduced for delay, inasmuch as it is stated the 
present incumbent 1; a resident of West Roxhury. 

Alderman Talbot, in reply, stated that Mr. Cal- 
vin was a resident of this city, having voted in 
Ward 4 at the last election. 

Alderman Plumer said he understood the facts 
were that the family of Mr. Calvin resided in West 
Roxbury, which usually settles a man's residence. 
He wished further time to ascertain who was the 
best man for the office The public service would 
not sutler by delay, and there were no reasons why 
the incumbent of the office should notgive his en- 
tire services to the citv as do the heads of other 
departments of the City Government. 

Alderman Gibson said he bad heard of i o com- 
plaints that .Mr. Galvm had been derelk-t in his 



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BOARD OF ALDFRMKN. 



duties, ;ind if there had been no complaint, he 
knew of no reason wlij be should not he reelect- 
ed. He should like to near from the Chairman of 

the. Committee on the Common wbethel he did not 
satisfactorily discharge his duties last year. 

The motion to postpone was lost, when the Hoard 
proceeded to au election, as follows: 

Whole number of votes VI 

Necessary to a choice 7 

John (ialvin 8 

H. A. May 3 

H. II. Bowditch 1 

Mr. (jalvin was declared to he elected. 

CLERK OK COMMITTEES. 
The election of Clerk of Committees was taken 
up, and on a ballot being taken, James M. Bugbee 
was unani ii'-ly reelected. 

WATEB REGISTEABi 

The Hoard proceeded to a choice of Water Ueg- 
istrat, when Win. F. Davis was unanimously re- 
elected. 

riTV SOLICITOR. 

John T. Hi aly was reelected City Solicitor, by a 
vote of of 11 to 1 for B. F. Butler. 

GIT'S REGISTRAR. 

Nicholas A Apollonio was unanimously reelect- 
ed city Registrar. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Common and 
Public Grounds be authorized to contract with 
Thomas Dolun tor blasting and removing rocks in 
Fountain square, adjoining Walnut avenue, at an 
expense not exceeding .tflOOO; said sum to be 
charged to the appropriation tor Common and Pub- 
lic Grounds. 

On motion of Alderman Covvdin, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid Com- 
pany 1, Ninth Kegiment, M. V. M., the sum of 
S383 53, for repairs of armory on Boylston_street; 
said sum to be charged t<b the appropriation for 
Armories. 

on motion of Alderman Woolley, 

ordered, That the Committee on East Boston 



Ferries be directed to consider and report whether 
a reduction of twenty per cent, on tolls for teams 
cannot be made n ithout prejudice to the city's in- 
terests, and also wiietherwhat is termed the "long 
tolls" may not be abolished. 

On moth n of Alderman White. 

Whereas, by an order of this Board, of Dec. 24, 
1870. assessing betterments on account of the 
widening of Hanover street, btt.veen Blackstone 
and Commercial streets, an assessment of 
was laid upon the estate of Win. H. Broun, No. 5 
Hall place, and one of $100 upon the estate of 
.Michael Keating, No. 3 Hall place, and it ap; 
that that the Bald assessments should be reversed, 
and the sum of $100 assessed upon the estate ol 
said Brown, No. 5 Hall place, and that of 8200 
upon the estate of Michael Keating, No. 3 Hall 
place; it is therefore ordered that the order above 
mentioned lie so amended as to conform to the 
correction contained herein, annd that tho estates 
of tbe said Wm. H. Brown and Michael Keating, 
Nbs. 3 and 5 Hall place, are assessed with the sums 
of $100 and $200 respectively. 

An order was passed for the collection of side- 
walk assessments in Hampden street, Sbawmut 
avenue, Norfolk avenue, St. James street, Walnut 
avenue, Decatur aud Chelsea streets, to the 
amount of $3860 8t>. 

ORDERS READ OXCE. 

On motion of Alderman Little, authorizing a 
contract to be made for the tilling of Madison 
square, at an expense not exceeding $12,000. 

On motion of Alderman White, orders to pay 
George W. Stevens $189 45 for damages in the ex- 
tension of Cliff street; to pay Jacob and Simon 
Lewis $1050 for grade damages on Dorchester av- 
enue. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, au order to pay 
Christopher f . Sanborn $0245 aud taxes for estate 
No. 33 Chapman street; to be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Suffolk Street District. 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

On petition of George A. Hentz, for permission 
to erect and use a stationary engine to be pro- 
pelled by steam, at the corner of Beach aud Albany 
streets. Hearing Monday, March 6, 4 P. M. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceed iiij>-s of the Coniinon Council, 

FEBRUARY 16, 1871. 



The Tegular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7,'^ o'clock, 
Matthias Kicli, I 'resident, hi the chair. 

PAVERS FROM THE BOAHD OF ALDERMEN. 

The quarterly report of the City Clerk was ordered 
to he placed on tile. 

The petitions of C. K. Dillaway and others, of 
I'eter Brash, James McGlynu, the Boston Provi- 
dent Association, and a communication from the 
Directors of the East Boston Ferries, were sever- 
ally referred, in concurrence. 

The applications of K. F. Washburn and Henry 
A. .May, tor election as Superintendent of Common, 
and petitions in aid of the same, were ordered to 
be placed on file. 

The report (leave to withdraw) on the petition of 
A. E. l'hister, to be paid lor damages from a 
defect in Cherry street, was accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were read twice and passed, 
in concurrence: . 

Order for the observance of Washington's Birth- 
day by salutes in Boston, East Boston. South Bos- 
ton, Koxbury and Dorchester, at 12 M, 

Order for the Committee on East Boston Ferries 
to consider whether a reduction of twenty per 
cent, on tolls for teams cannot be made without 
prejudice to the city's interest, and whether what 
are termed "long tolls" may not be abolished. 

Order for a contract to be mane wiih Thomas 
Dolan lor blasting and removing rocks iii Foun- 
tain square, at not exceeding one thousand dol- 
lars. 

In answer to an inquiry by Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, 
why the rules should he suspended in relation to 
the last-mentioned order, Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 
replied that the wall round the square could not 
he laid until this blasting was done, and the work 
cou'd he done more favorably now than in the 
future. 

CLERK OF COMMITTEES. 

The certificate of election of Clerk of Commit- 
mittees was read, when the Council proceeded to 
an election, Messrs. Dickinson of Ward 11, Bren- 
nan of Ward 13, and West of Ward IB acting as a 
committee to receive and count the votes, and 
James M. Bugbee was unanimously reelected, in 
concurrence. 

CITY REGISTRAR. 

The certificate of election of City Registrar was 
read, when the Council proceeded to an election, 
.Messrs. Hull ol V\ aid 4, Barker oi Ward 6, and 
Cunningham of Ward 2 acting as a committee to 
receive and count the votes, and .Nicholas A. Ap- 
ollonlo was unanimously reelected, in concur- 
rence. 

WATER REGISTRAR. 

'Ihe certificate of election of Watei Registrar 
was read, when an election took place, Messrs. 
Moyes of Ward 5, Faxon of Ward 14 and Devine of 
Ward 15, acting as a committee to receive and 
count the votes. Wm. F. Davis was reelected, in 
concurrence, by a vote of 56 to 4 scattering. 

CITY SOLICITOR. 

The certificate of election of City Solicitor was 
read, when a motion to postpone "the election to 
Thursday evening next was lost — 17 to 33 — and the 
Council proceeded to an election, Messrs. I'erkins 
of Ward 0, Jacobs of Ward 3 and Moulton of Ward 
1) acting as a committee to receive and count the 
votes. 
The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes fil 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Johnl'.llealv 3) 

P It. Guiney 4 

Geo. O Shattuck — 4 

John S. Moulton 3 

James M. Keith 2 

I'alvin Torrey 2 

<'. (i. Thomas 2 

Ivory W. Richardson, Thomas Riley, A W. Boaulman, 
John H. Wiggins, Nathan Morse, one each. 

Mr. Healy was declared to t>e reelected, in eon- 

< niicnce. 



The report and ordinance to c=taldi.-h the Office 
of Superintendent of Broadway Bridge were read 
twice and the ordinance passed, in concurrence. 

Ihe report and an ordinance to amend an ordin- 
ance in relation to Public Institutions was read 
once, and on a motion to suspend the rules for its 
passage, Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 raised au inquiry 
as to the effect of the amendment. 

The Chair explained the effect of the amend- 
ment to be the striking out ot the requin-un ut 
to advertise for supplies where they exceed $300 
as now provided, also striking out the require- 
ment to make a quarterly report. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 14 moved that the ordinance 
he laid on the table and printed, which was car- 
ried. 

Ihe following orders were also passed, under 
suspension ol the rules; the first by a vote of 61, 
and the second by 62: 

Report and orders to grant one thousand five 
hundred dollars to Trustees of Roxhury Latin 
School and to transfer that amount from the Re- 
served Fund. 

Order to pav Co. I, Ninth Regiment M. V. M., 
three hundred "and eigbtv-three dollars and fifty- 
three cents, for repairs of armory on Boylston 
street. 

The report of Committee Nominating Superin- 
tendent of F re Alarms and the certificate of elec- 
tion were read, when the election was laid over. 

The report nominating Superintendent of Com- 
mon and 1'ublic Grounds and the certificate of 
election of Superintendent were read, and the 
election was ordered to he laid over. 

Mr. Winch of Waul 10 moved a suspension of the 
rules, to go into an election at once. Lost— 31 to 
28. 

The report nominating a Chief and Assistant En- 
gineers of the Eire Department/with the certificate 
of election, was read. 

Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15 moved a suspension 
of the rules for the election of Chief and Assist- 
ant Engineers of the .tire Department, 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 said the Council had just 
refused to suspend the rules in one case of an elec- 
tion, and unless there were good reasons why an 
election shoulu take place, he hoped the rules 
would not be suspended. 

Mr. Kingsbury said he supposed every gentle- 
man had made up his mind tor whom he should 
vote, and he hoped an election would take place, 
as he was tired of being bored to death. 

Mr. I'erkins of Ward 6 said there were para- 
mount considerations to beina: bored to death, for 
there were many members who were not so famil- 
iar with all the candidates, and they would like 
time to inform themselves. 
The motion to suspend the rules was lost. 

DIRECTOR OF EAST BOSTOX FERRIES. 

The certificate of election of Nehemiah Gibson 
as a Director of the East Boston Ferries, in place 
of Geo. D. Bicker, chosen by the Common Council, 
was read. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 1 said he wished to make a 
tew remarks before proceeding to a ballot. The 
ferries for the coming year would require a large 
expenditure of money in the purchase of one or 
more boats, and in repairs of slips, drops, &c.,and 
it was desirable to have as directors those who 
were farfciliar with the ferries. The first question 
was as to the qualification of candidates. The gen- 
tleman nominated by the committee, though op- 
posed to him in politics, he regarded as well qual- 
ified for tiie office, in familiarity with it, and from 
his knowledge of and in his large ownership in 
vessels, and the good management of his own 
property, giving an assurance of good care of the 
property of the city. In thi« a« in urivate affairs, 
when good dividends are desired, it is best to se- 
lect a man of experience to manage business, and 
if the City Government is to commence a system 
of economy, here is a good place to commence, by 
electing a competent man to take charge of these 
affairs. 

The Council proceeded to an election, Messrs. 
Woods of Ward 12, t'latur of Ward 4, and Taylor 
of Ward 3 acting as a committee to receive and 
sort the votes. 1'he committee reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 6! 

Necessary to a choice U 

Alderman N. Gibson i7 

Ceo. D. Kicker 36 

Alderman Ricker was again declared to be elect- 
ed, in non-concurrence. 



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1871 



42 



UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following order was read a second time and 
passed : 

Order that there be paid to Company C, First 
Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M., rive hundred dol- 
lars, being half the expense of repairing their 
armory in Revere Hall. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. 

The report nominating a Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Buildings was accepted, and the certificate of 
election was read, when the Council proceeded to 
an election, Messrs. Sayward of Ward 16, fond of 
Ward 3, and Stone of Ward 5 acting as a commit- 
tee to receive and count the votes, and James C. 
Tucker was unanimously reelected, in concur- 
rence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SEWERS. 

The report nominating a Superintendent of Sew- 
ers was accepted, ;.nd the certificate of election 
was read, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion. Messrs. Bicknell of Ward 4, O'Connor of 
Ward 7. and Prescott of Ward 9 acting as a com- 
mittee to receive and count the votes. 

The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Willam H. Bradley 20 

Lucius W. Knight 42 

Mr. Knight was declared to be elected, in non- 
concurrence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS. 

The report nominating Superintendent of Streets 
was accepted, and the certificate of election was 
read, when the Council proceeded to an election, 
Messrs. Willis of Ward 9, Webster of Ward 6, and 
Mnith of Ward 1 acting as a committee to receive 
and count the votes. The committee reported as 
follows: 

Whole number of votes 61 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Charles Harris .16 

J. K. Bannister .'.'.'25 

Charles Harris was declared to be reelected, in 
concurrence. 

CITY SURVEYOR. 

The report nominating a candidate for City Sur- 
veyor was accepted and the certificate of election 
was read, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion, Messrs. Smith of Ward 10, Cunningham of 
Ward 2, and Robertson of Ward 4 acting as com- 
mittee to receive and count the votes, and Thos. 
W. Davis was reelected, in concurrence, by a vote 
of 56 to 2 for others. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF HEALTH. 

The report nominating a Superintendent of 
Heaith was accepted, when theCouucil proceeded 
to an election, Messrs. Howe of Ward 10, Bobbins 
of Ward 8. and Flynu of Ward 7, acting as a com- 
mittee to receive and count the votes, and George 
W. Forristall was reelected, in concurrence, by a 
vote of 55 to one each for P. O'Connor. James De- 
vine, Chas. Harris, and James B. Weeks. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Adelia Harriman, to be compensated for per- 
sonal injuries received by a (all in Prince street. 
Referred to Committee on Claims. 

A communication from the School Committee 
for the City Council to consider the expediency of 
consolidating the five school appropriations into 
two— one for salaries and one for incidentals, 
was referred to the Committee on Public Instruc- 
tion. 

REPORT OF A COMMITTEE. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Lands, to whom was referred 
the petition of Winand Toussaint for an extension 
of time in which to build upon a lot of land on 
Wareham street, as purchased by him of the city 
in 1869, made a report recommending the passage 
of the accompanying order, which was read once- 

Ordered, That the time Tor building upon a lot 
of land on Wareham street, as sold by the city to 



Winand Toussaint, be extended to Jan. 1, 1872, 
upon condition that he pays the instalments an I 
interest now due on the bond given for said land, 
also the sum of .f 100 to the Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Lands within ten days from the passage of this 
order. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Po.'ie of Ward 16, 

Orderel, That, until otherwise ordered, the Au- 
ditor of Accouuts be authorized to submit his an- 
nual estimates in print. 

Oii motion of Mr.' Perkins of Ward 6, 

Ordeied, That be a committee to examine 

into the present condition of the city records in 
relation to births, deaths and marriages, and re- 
po.t what measu/es maybe necessary for the com- 
pletion and future preservation of said records. 

Messrs. Perkins of Ward 6, Foye of Ward 5, and 
Pope of Ward 16 were appointed the committee. 

On motion ot Mr. Sayward of Ward 16, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to clem and repair the old fur- 
niture in the Dearborn Grammar Scboolhouse, 
and to provide new furniture for the new rooms 
and hall of said building; the expense therefor to 
be charged to the appropriation for Grammar 
Schools, Public Buildings. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 offered the following or- 
ders: 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be request- 
ed to petition the Legislature at its present ses- 
sion for an act or acts authorizing the construc- 
tion of highways with solid filling across the South 
Bay from Fast Chester park to Dorchester avenue, 
in South Boston. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Legislative 
Business, with the City Solicitor, be and they are 
hereby requested to appear before a legislative 
committee and favor the passage of an act author- 
izing the laying out and the construction of 
highways with solid filling across the South Bay, 
from East Chester park to Dorchester avenue in 
South Boston, by such route or routes as may be 
deemed most expedient. 

A motion was maae for a suspension of the 
rules for the passage of the orders. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said it seemed Dy a pas- 
sage of the orders to be implied that the Council 
favored the proposed measure. He did not sup- 
pose that it was generally understood, or that it 
had been sufficiently considered for intelligent ac- 
tian on the subject. 

Mr. Flanders said it was important that the 
Board of Aldermen should act upon the subject at 
their next meeting, and that it should go to the 
Committee on Legislative Proceedings, who would 
take such action as might be deemed expedient. 

Mr. Perkins inquired what difference there would 
be in the deiay of a wiek. 

Mr. Hersey of Ward 12 said if the matter went 
over another week and application was made to 
the Legislature it would come in as new business, 
and a vote of two-thirds would be required in a 
suspension of the rules for its reception. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said the trouble was that 
they did not know what they were asking for. It 
a petition was made to the Legislature it would be 
expected that it would be granted; but they did 
not know where this proposed avenue was going. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13 hoped the rules would be 
suspended. It was nothing more than to bring 
the matter before the Legislature, and the design 
was to extend Chester park across the South Bay. 
The subject was before the last Legislature, and 
objection was made to the building of a bridge. 
There could be no harm done in having the matter 
considered. 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 said he could not see the 
necessity of passing the orders nqw. He had 
never heard of the project before, and thought 
that before building another bridge they had bet- 
ter finish the Broadway Bridge. The subject was 
so important as to require consideration betore 
passing the orders. 

The motion to suspend the rules was lost. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 20, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor (Jaston presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special police officers without pay — William C. 
Staples for Young's spar-yard and Woolley's 
wharf; Charles 11. Lynch, for Seollay's Budding; 
Cieorge H. Hosea, for Fost 23, G. A. K. 

Assistant Su^erintonc'ient of Health— Daniel B. 
Curtis, an appointment hy the Sujerinteudent, as 
provided by ordinance. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Mary S. Dennie, E. W. Stevens, Chauncy Chase, 
Cornelius Cowing:, Marcus Masse, Lemuel and 
Hannah B. Clark, James Dennie and Henry H. 
l'eters, severally for apportionment of Eliot street 
betterments. 

Michael Geragbty, (iarratt A. Lnns, Rowland El- 
lis, heirs of F. A. Goodrich, heirs of Andrew P. 
Voung, Margaret Ward and others, neirs of 
Mattliew 1'erkins, John H.Noble, Caroline White, 
Charles A. Turner, severally for apportionment of 
Hanover street betterments. 

Thomas Cleason, William Kimball, for apportion- 
ment, and the last named fjr abatement also of 
Atlantic avenue betterments. 

Ceorge Koss and ctheis, for apportionment of 
Battery street betterments. 

Francis G. Shaw and others, tiustees, for abate- 
ment of Atlantic avenue assessments on their 
estate on Commercial street. 

James W. Rollins*, lessee, for apportionment of 
Bo.vlston stieet betterments. 

Hannah A. Dewhurst, for apportionment of 
Tri niont stieet lietteiments. 

Benjamin S. Welles and St. Stephen's Church, 
fcr abatement of Hanover street betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Susan D. Burroughs, to bepaij for grade dam- 
ages to estate on East Castle street, by reason of 
change of grade. 

Samuel and Simon White, for damages by lay- 
ing out Clarendon street at a higher grade' than 
before acceptance. 

John Biid and wife and Joseph Byrne, for dam- 
ages fcv laying out Clarendon street. 

J. Hubbard, to be paid for grade damages on 
Dorchester avenue. 

F.J.Hughes, to be paid for grade damages in 
Xewland street. 

Robeit T. 1'aine, Jr., that the grade of Treinon t 
street, south of Culvert street, may be raised to 
the grade of twenty-one feet. 

Hersey & Fickett and others, that Seventh street 
be graded from Dorchester avenue to C street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Faving. 

Ralph Haskins and others, for leave to enlarge 
his stable on 13 tica place. Referred to Committee 
un Health. 

Wm. Eaton and otheis, that Engine So. 15 may 
be located on B street, near Thiru street. 

F. H. Roden, for compensation for articles stolen 
f r om his ware room while under the control of the 
Fire Department. 

Severally referred to Committee on Fire Depart- 
meut. 

Catharine A. Fairehild, to be paid for personal 
injuries sustained by an allegeel elefect in Beacon 
street. 

Henry McAlister, for damages on account of 
injury to his horse and sleigh by reason of the un- 
safe condition of Causeway street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

F. 11. Rogers and others, that the arch over the 
Rogers street sewer may be completed as far .is 
Farker street. 

E. Sampson, agent, and others, for removal of 
the bar across India-wharf dock, caused by sewer 
deposits. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Manson & Feterson and others, that a clock and 
bell be placed on church at the corner of Meridian 
and London streets. Referred to the Committee 
on Bel is and Clocks. 



Melville Dramatic Association, for leave to give 
dramatic ent"itainmenrs at Mercantile Hall in 
March and April. Referred to Committee on Li- 
censes. 

IM :>RT OF HAY WEIGHEB OF NORTHERN Sl'AI.l -. 

The Sunerintendent of City Scales, Haymarkit 
square, reports that his receipts from Nov. 1, 1870, 
lo Keb. 1, 1871, fur weighing merchandise, amount- 
ed to ¥832 86; forty per cent, of wliirb. >;;:;.; H, 
IffiB cxpcisos. (30 60, amounting to §312 54, has 
been paid to the City Treasurer. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were real a second time 
and passed: 

Order to pay G. W. Stevens S18J 45 for land dam • 
ages on Cliff street. 

Order to pay Jacob and Simon Lewis S1050 for 
grade damages 105 Dorchester avenue, formerly 
706 Federal street; to be charged to Broadway Ex- 
tension appropriation. 

Order to grade Camden street, from Tremont 
street to the Boston & Providence itnilroad, with 
ashes, at an estimated expense of $2500. 

order for Committee on Common, etc., to con- 
tract for tilling and grading Madison square, at an 
estimated expense of $12,000. 

Order to pay Christopher F. Sanborn $:)245 and 
one-half the tax for house 33 Chapman stieet; to 
be charged to appropriation for Suffolk Street 
District. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of Adelia Harriman was referred, 
in concurrence. 

A communication from the School Committee 
reepiesting a consolidation of five of their appro- 
priations into two, was referred to Committee on 
Public Instruction, in concurrence. 

The order for the Auditor to submit his esti- 
mates inprint, until otherwise ordered.was passed, 
io concurience. 

DIRECTOR OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

The election of George D. Kicker as Director of 
East Boston Ferries, in place of JN'ehemiah Gib- 
son, chosen by this Board, coming up, Alderman 
Cibson was again electeel in non-concurrence, by 
a vote of 7 to 5 for Alderman Ricker. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SEWERS. 

The election of Superintendent of Sewers, 
coming up, Wm. H. Bradley was again elected, 
in non-concurrence, (Lucus W. Knight having 
been elected by the Council,) by a vote of 7 to 4 for 
Lucius W. Knight, and 1 for M. F. Wells. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Little, from the special committee ap- 
pointed to examine the accounts of Frederic U. 
Tracy, the Treasurer of the Franklin Fund, made 
a ieport that they find said accounts and vouchers 
are correct. The character of the fund, Jan. 1, 
1871, was as follows: 

Amount of fund Jan 1,1870 §142,068 SO 

Interest accrued to Jan. 1, 1671 9,124 37 

§151,193 ^7 
This amount is invested as follows : 
Deposited with Massachusetts Life Insur- 
ant Company $149,882 74 

Deposited with Provident Institution for 

Savings 5^7 15 

Deposited with Suffolk Savings Bank 403 4i 

Jos. T. Paget's bond a>0 00 

Wm. Evans's bond 30U 00 

$I51,lt3 37 
The report was accepted. 

Alderman Fierce, from the Committee on Fav- 
ing, made a report that the appropriation made 
for the Faving Department at the commencement 
of the present financial year. 1870-71, included an 
estimate of .$100,000 for the settlement of claims 
for damages occasioned bv the raising of the 
grades of Devonshire street, Water street and 
Spring lane in 1869. These c'aims have not yet 
been adjusted and probably will not be till after 
the expiration of this financial year, and in ac- 
cordance with the ordinance in relation to unex- 
pended balances of appropriations, the sum above 
referred to will, unless especially set apart hy 
the vote of the City Council, co into the Sinking 
Fund and be unavailable for the purpose for 
which it was intended, and an oqual sum 
will have to be called for as the estimate 
for the ensuing year, thereby increasing the 
amount to he raised by taxation. The committee 
therefore recommend that the Auditorol Accounts 



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be authorized to transfer from the appropriation for 
paving department the suin of $100,000, to be made 
a special appropriation for trie settlement of grade 
damages on Devonshire street, Water street and 
Spring lane. 

The report was accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee or Streets, to whom was referred the 
petition of Joseph F. i'aul and many others, that 
the city of Boston would apply to the General 
Court for authority to lay out and construct a new 
avenue across Charles River, between Camoridge 
and Boston, made a report, recommending the pas- 
sage of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be requested 
t > petition the General Court, now in session, in 
aid ./f the petition of the City Government of 
Cambridge for the passage of an act authorizing 
the construction of a new aveuue, one hundred 
feet in width, from Main street in Cambridge 
through Front street and across Charles River to 
Beacon street in Boston, or between West Chester 
park and Dartmouth street. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Streets, to whom was referred the 
petition of Edward H. Maxwell to purchase apiece 
of land owned by the city, adjoining his estate, 
Jijp. is India wharf, made a leport that the peti- 
tioner have leave to withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Commitree on Li- 
cences, reported in favor of granting licenses as 
follows: Young .Men's Christian Union, to give a 
dramatic entertainment at No. 300 Washington 
street; Morris Brothers, to give minstrel enter- 
tainments at the Olympic Theatre; George F. 
Oeer, to give a lecture at Berkeley Street Church, 
February 25, 1871; Wiley Literary Associatiou, to 
give a dramatic performance at Sumner Rail, Feb- 
ruary 21 ; Nathamel Hayes, as an auctioneer. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also reported in favor of 
licenses to seventeen newsboys, one boy as a 
pedler, and in favor of sundiy persons to keep an 
intelligence office, as victuallers, for wagon stands, 
express wagon, and for transfer of billiard license. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on 
Steam Engines, reported in favor of the petition of 
L. P. Wiggin & Co., for leave to put up and use a 
steam engine and boiler at Nos. 470 and 472 Harri- 
son avenue. Accepted. 

SUPERINTENDENTS OF BRIDGES. 

Alderman Cutter, from the Committee toiNoni- 
inate Superintendents of Bridges, made a report 
in part, recommending the election of the follow- 
ing-named persons: 

Superintendent of Federal Street Bridge— Jacob 
Norris. 

Superintendent of Dover Street Bridge— Hugh 
Mealey. 

Superintendent of Chelsea Street Bridge— Ed- 
ward T. S towers. • 

Superintendent of Meridian Street Bridge— Ab- 
ner Knight. 

Superintendent of Granite Bridge— B. S. Hawes. 

Superintendent of Neponset bridge — John 
Glavin. 

Superintendent of Mount Washington Avenue 
Bridge— Geo. H. Davis. 

The report was accepted, and the elections 
ordered to be laid over ; but subsequently on mo- 
tion of Alderman Ricker, at whose request the 
postponement was ordered, the elections were 
taken up. 

The following-named persons recommended, 
were elected: Jacob Norris, Edward T. Stowers,. 
Abner Knight, B. S. Hawes, John Glavin, and Geo. 
H. Davis, receiving eleven votes each. Angus 
Nelson, for Superintendent of Dover Street Bridge, 
received eight votes to three for Hugh Mealey. 

REPORTS ON SALARIES. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee on Salaries, submitted in orint a report on 
salaries of city officers for the year beginning 
April 1, 1871, and recommending the passage of the 
accompanying orders, establishing the several 
salaries. 

The committee say: 

The only changes proposed in the amounts at 
present allowed for salaries and clerk hire are the 
following: 

The City Treasurer, an increase of five hundred 
dollars; and for clerk hire in the Treasurer's of- 
fice, an increase of one thousand dollars. 



The Auditor of Accounts, an increase of one 
thousand dollars; and for clerk hire in the \udi- 
tor's office, an increase of eight hundred dollars. 

The City Clerk, an increase of live hundred dol- 
lars; and for clerk hire, an increase of eight hun- 
dred dollars. 

The Clerk of the Common Council, an increase 
of two hundred dollars. 

The Clerk of Committees, an increase of five 
hundred dollars. 

The Assistant Messenger, an increase of two 
hundred dollars. 

i'be City Surveyor, an increase of five hundred 
dollars. 

The Water Registrar, an increase of five hundred 
dollars. 

The City Registrar, an increase of five hundred 
dollars. 

The Harbor Master, an increase of three hundred 
dollars. 

The Superintendent of Fire Alarms, an increase 
of live hundred dollars and the use of a horse and 
vehicle at the expense of the city. 

The Superintendent of Sewers, an increase of 
five bundled dollars. 

The Superintendent of Public Buildings, an in- 
crease of five hundred dollars. 

The Superintendent of Streets, an increase of 
five hundred dollars. 

The Superintendent of Health, an increase of 
five hundred dollars. 

The -superintendent of Lamps, an increase of 
five hundred dollars. 

The Superintendent of the Lunatic Hospital, an 
increase of seven hundred dollars. 

The Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, an 
increase of five hundred dollars. 

The total amount of increase recommended for 
salaries and clerk hire is $11,500. 

The salaries of the members of the new Street 
Commission are reported at three thousand dol- 
lars each — the minimum amount provided by stat- 
ute. 

In fixing the pay for members of the Fire De- 
partment iu Ward 16, the committee were gov- 
erned by the order recently passed by the City 
Council, to take effect April 1. 

Respectfully submitted. 

William Woollev, 
Avery Plumer, 
E. B. Vannevar, 
William Pope, 
James J. Flynn, 

Committee on Salaries. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, that the Mayor be authorized to assign 
to Wm. Say ward the note and mortgage given by 
Walter S. Watson to the town of Dorchester, Jan. 
25., 1868, and recorded with Norfolk deeds, lib. 
364, fol. 30, upon said Sayward's paying to the city 
the amount of said note, and interest to date. 

Ordered, That his Honor the Mayor be and he 
is hereby authorized to discharge the mortgage 
given to the town of Dorchester by Harding and 
Reuben Rich, Oct. 28, 1861, and recorded with Nor- 
folk deeds, lib. 302, vol. 192, the note for which 
said mortgage was given having been fuliy paid. 

Ordered, That his Honor, the .Mayor, be and Ik; 
is hereby authorized to discharge the mortgage 
given to the town of Dorchester by Hiram >V. 
Blanchard, April 1, 1867, and recorded with Nor- 
folk deeds, Lib. 352, Fol. 155, the vote for which 
said mortgage was given having been fully paid. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with G. 
W, & F.Smith for the construction of an iron 
bridge over Orange street, in connection with the 
bridge over the Boston «& Albany Railroad tracks 
in the extension of Shawmut avenue, according to 
plans and specifications prepared oy the City En- 
gineer, for a sum not exceeding $18,900; said sum 
to be charged to the appropriation for Suffolk 
Street District. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That the officers appointed to take 
charge of truant and vagrant children be directed 
to make a weekly report of their doings to his 
Honor the Mayor and to perforin such services in 
connection with Mi« evening schools as His Honor 
the Mayor may direct. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Cbistopher 
Brown the sum of $92 20, for land taken and all 



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HOARD OF ALDERMEN 



damages occasioned by the laying out, widen- 
ing ami hx tens Ion of Cliff street, by a resolve of 
December 30, 1870, to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Laying Out auo Widening "Streets. 

ordered, Thai the Special Committee on Fort 
II ill Improvement lie and tbey hereby are author- 
ized tn emit] art for the removal from Fort Hill of 
all the earth remaining alter the completion of 
existing contracts for the removal of earth from 
said hill. 

Alderman Gibson inquired the reason lor the 
passage of the above order, stating that it was un- 
derstood contracts had been made tor the removal 
of all the earth on tort Hill. 

Alderman Jenkins replied that a contract was 
made lor the removal oi all the remaining earth 
on Fort Hill, the party to the contract agreeing to 
commence the work By the 1st, .March. He was 
not prepared to do it, and was desirous oi being 
released from his contract, it was important that 
the work should be completed hy the 4th July, 
and the committee had waited three weeks lor this 
party to begin, ami would lie obliged to wait much 
longer. The order should he passed, that the com- 
mittee may advertise for contracts as soon as pos- 
sible. 

Alderman Gibson said he had learned as much 
from th' contractor as had been stated, that he 
was unable to do the work ; that he bad looked 
everywhere and could not rind a place for the de- 
posit of the earth. He did not know but that the 
city would be obliged to buy some place to which 
to remove the earth. 

Alderman Jenkins said it was not for the want 
of a place to put the earth, but the want of means 
to do the work by the contractor. In conversation 
with several parties, he found that there were 
places enough on which to deposit the earth. It 
could be put on the northerly shore of South 
Boston. The State has tilling to do for which the 
earth is needed, and the shore owners are desirous 



of filling tne flats adjoining the State line. There 
is a space of two hundred and twenty-rive feet in 
the extension oi First street, which will take all 
of this earth. 1 ho parly who made the contract 
has not the necessary cools, and for this reason 
authority was desired to contract with other par- 
ties. 

The order was passed. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, an order to quit 
was passed, requiring <ieo. \\\ Phillips ind all 
other persons on the line of the extension oi 
>l:awniut avenue to remove all obstructions from 
the line of extension of said avenue on or before 
the 1st of .May next. 

On motion of Aldeiman Little, an order was 
passed for the abatement of nuisances in Beach 
and South streets, Federal street and Cove street. 

An order wis passed for the collection of side- 
walk assessments on Wa'.eham, .Maiden, Albion, 
Albany. Appleton, East Concaguand Fast Dedham 
streets, Harrison avenue, Columbus avenue and 
West Chester park, amounting in the aggregate to 
$3348 12. 

OKUEKS BEAD ONCE. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Streets be au- 
thorized to sell by public auction, upon the usual 
terms, any parcels of land owned by the city abut- 
ting upon Atlantic avenue. 

An order setting forth that the dock inside of 
Atlantic avenue between India and Central 
wharves had been filled, with a description of the 
same to be recorded in the Registry of Deeds. 
The amount of filling in said dock as per measure- 
ment is 40,800 cubic yards, which cost $25,740. 

An order was read once, authorizing the Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings to complete the stable 
and bathroom in Engine House No. 16, at a cost of 
$1100; to be charged to the appropriation for Fub- 
lic Buildings. 

Adjourned. 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
FEBRUARY 23, 1871. 



Tne tegular weeklj meeting of the couiiuod 
Council was lieul lIi'is evening, at iy z o'clock, 
Matthias i.ieb, l*residenfc, in tiie chair. 

. i..:s no., iiiii BOAJBD OB ALDERMEN. 

I'he quarterly report of the Hay weigher of the 
Noith scales, \v:is oidere.l to he placed on rile. 

The several petitions of Wm Etiou ana others, 
('. ii. tiodau, I : li. Fairchild and of Henry 

McAliscei' were referred, in concurrence. 

The repori pea .. irhdraw) on tii<3 petition of 

E. A. Maxwell, lor '.be purchase of a piece of land 
adjacent to 18 India wharf, was accepted, in con- 
currence. 

'riie reference to the Committee on Finance of a 
request of tiie Committee on Paving for a transfer 
from the appropriation for 1'aving of $100, (J00, to he 
made a special appropriation for the settleme»t of 
grade damages on Devonshire and Water streets 
and Spring iane, was concurred in. 

The oilier to pay Christopher P. Sanborn 89245 
and one-half the cax, for bouse 33 Chapman street, 
on Suffolk Street District, was read once. 

i'he order for Committee on Common, etc., to 
contract for filling : nd grading Madison square, at 
an estimated expense ot $12,000, was read once. 

Mr. Brooks cl Ward 1 moved a suspension of the 
rules for its second reading, assigning as reason 
for its passage that the work can be done cheaper 
now than a month or two hence. 

the order was read a second time and passed. 

the order authorizing the Committee on Suffolk 
Street District to contract with tf. VV . & V. smith 
for the construction of an iron bridge over Orange 
street, in connection with the bridge over the 
Boston & Albany Bailroad tracks, in the exten- 
sion of sbawmut avenue,Jfor not exceeding $18,900, 
was read and ordered to be laid over. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 moved a suspension of 
the ruled for the passage of the order m the pres- 
ent time. 

Mr. Klynn of Ward 7 said he was opposed to the 
passage of the order at this time for several reasons 
Jt was but a week or two since that an order was 
passed for the building of a bridge at a cost of 
$12,000 over Indiana street, and now' the commit- 
tee came ,o th«5 ( ouncii for $19,000 tor the build- 
ing of another bridge for the extension of Diana.' 
street. This application comes bere without any 
proposals having been made from any one, or hav- 
ing oeen advertised for. He was opposed to any 
such way of doing business. The city bad now an 
elephant on its bands, in the Broadway Bridge, 
ani it was proposed to vote away more money 
without the offering of plans and the Council not 
knowing what they v ere voting for. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he w;is sorry the gen- 
tleman from Ward 7 was so entirely ignorant of 
the matter, and be would do what he could to en- 
lighten him. lie says it is proposed to layout a 
street, while it is simply proposed to build a bridge 
over it. Last fall a contract was made ro build' a 
bridge over the Boston & Albauy Kailroad. wbeu 
the hids of the contractors named were $4000 less 
tban the lowest ol all the others. This Spring it is 
found nei essary to build another bridge longerthan 
the one over the railroad track. and tue committee 
do not believe that anything will be gained by ad- 
vertising for contracts. I'he price proposed is 
now $2000 below the lowest of the last year's bids 
of other parties, and they are satisfied that it will 
be oi no use to advertise. The party who was the 
next lowest last year said he would not lake the 
contractors' job off their hands lor S2000 more, it 
was best, also, that these contractors should build 
the proposed bridge, for another reason, that cer- 
tain alterations were to be made, so that the two 
shall conform to a general plan. There was a ne- 
cessity that the rules should be suspended, and 
the order passed, because the contractors were in 
the middle Of their work, and every day's delay 
was a bindcrance in carrying out tbe contract, 

Mr. Klynn replied, the gentleman savs the 
parties arc willing to do the work for $2000 less 
than the bids of last year. Even if that is true 
proposals should be advertised for in the build- 
ing of the bridge, but H did not appear that ad- 



vertising or proposa's had been made. It la fur- 
ther proposed to build a oridge in the exteusii 
a street which had n t been accepted, He hoped. 
therefore, that a suspension of the tulee would 
not prevail 

rtr. Smith said be was willing to explain every- 
thing relating to the matter, lie thought it wis 
well known tuat Orange street badbei n anaccept- 
reet r©r I weuty yeai s. i be committee adver- 
tised tor proposals for tbe bridge overthe railroad 
which »as four feet shorter than the proposed 
bridge, and the bid by the present contrac- 
tors i 10 lower than any other; they now 

to build the larger bridge foi S2000 less than 
iny one else last year bid for the ori 

Mr. A lams of War.l 12 inquired if the bride 
bad teen contracted for. 

Mr. Smith replied that it had not, for the com- 
mittee were now awaiting tie a T.oti of the Coun- 
cil to see what course to take. 

Mr. Fly mi moved ro recommit tbe order with 
instructions to the committee to advertise fwr 
proposals. 

tar. smith said he was sorrv that after the rea- 
sons state I, the matter was not understood. Ev- 
ery day's delay would be a loss both to the city 
and in the work which ha l beeu commence I. The 
committee ought 10 be tbe Lest judges ol the mat- 
ter, and he bo^dd the in >oion to recommit would 
not prevail. 

The motion to lecummit was lost— 28 to 28. 

The question recurring upon the tirst motion, 
Mr. Flynn said he hoped tbe rules would not be 
suspended, fur the Council had neither plans nor 
reasons why the order should pass. 

The motion to suspend rbe rules was lost. 
DIBEOTOB OF EAST BOSTOS EEKIUES. 

The certificate of the election of Nebcin iah 1 
son as a Director for East Boston Ferries, in u 
of George D. Kicker, chosen by the Common 
I '..lined, was read. 

the Chair read the following communication: 
BOSTOK, Feb. 23, 1871. 
Matthias Rich, Esq., President of the Commjn ( 

< 1' : 

Dear Sir— Allow nie to express to you, and through 
you to gentlemen of the Common Council, my 
deep sense of gratitude for the honor conferred by 
proposing my name, unsolicited, as candidate for 
Director of the East Boston Ferries, and for the 
firm manner in which they have adhered to me 
through the various balloiiiigs; but in my opinion 
neither the interest of the city nor the ferries war- 
rant the continuance of this struggle long r, for 
from present appearances we might right it out on 
this line all summer, and still be no ueaicr an 
election than today. 

Therefore, believing that East Boston ought and 
should have a representative in that Board from 
the City Council, and as with ibis exception the 
positions are now all tilled by gentlemen none of 
whom are residents of that locality, I feel it a 
duty 1 owe the city of Boston, the ferries and un- 
friends in the City Council, to most respectfully 
decline having iny name used longer in that con- 
nection. 

Hoping the Council may be able to unite upon 
some other candidate, and again tbaukiug my 
friends in both branches of the City Council for 
the expressions of confidence and esteem as por- 
trayed by their frequent ballots, I remain with 
much respeel, Your obedient servant, 

(iuo. D. Hick Li!. 

The communication was ordered to be sent up. 

The Council proceeded ~o an election of Director 
of the East Boston Ferries, Messrs. Brown of 
Ward 2, Long of Ward 8, and Patch of Ward 1 1 
acting as a committee to receive and count the 
votes. The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 64 

Necessary to a choice S3 

Alderman N. Gibson 51 

Geo. D. Kicker 11 

Alderman Gibson was declared to be elected, in 
concurrence. 

St KRINTEKUEXT OF SEWERS. 

'I'he certificate ot the election of Win. II. I'.rad- 
le> as Superintendent of sewers, to place of Lu- 
cius W. Knight, chosen by the Common Council, 
was read. The Council proceeded to an election. 
Messrs. Kowe of Ward 10, Kyan of Ward 13, and 
Bobbins of Ward 8 acting as a committee to re- 
ceive and count the votes. The committee report- 
ed as follows : 

Whole number of votes hi 

Necessary to a choice 38 



FEBRUARY 23 



1 8 7 1 



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Win. II. Bradley fi 

Lucius W. ECnisht IS 

Mr. Bradlfey was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

The >rder requesting the Mayor to petition the 
Legislature in aid of flic petition of tbe City Gov- 
criinieii: id' Cambridge for an act authorizing a. 
new avenue to he matte, one hundred teet ;m width, 
;i'iu .Main street in Cambridge, through Front 
street and across Charles River to Beacon street 
in Boston, at or between West Chester park and 
Dartmouth street, coming up for consideration, 
v, is referred to the Committee on Legislative 
Business. 

The report nominating Superintendents of 
Bridges and cue certificates of ejection of such 
superintendents were read, when the elections 
were laid over, 

0WFJ31SHE.D BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally reai a sec- 
ond time anil passed : 

Oriier authoi axing repairs ro be made on the old 
furniture in the Dearborn Grammar Schoofhnu'se;, 
and to provide new furniture for the new rooms 
and hall in said 1 uilding. 

Oriier extending the time for W. Toussaiut to 
build on certain land on vVarebam street. 
- i:!:;ri': he::t of flee alarms. 

The report nominating a Superintendent of Fire 
Alarm* was accented, and. tbe certificate of elec- 
tion of John F. kennard was read, when the Coun- 
cil proceeded to an election, Messrs. Vanuevar of 
Ward 8, Jacobs of Wards, and O'Brien of Ward 7 
acting a> a committee to receive and count the 
votes, the committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes G2— or Which John F. 
Kennard had 59, M. F. Wells •_', John Calvin one. 

Mr, K enuard was declared to be elected, in son- 
ea.ieuce. 

JBIHTMrt»EJTT OF COMMOlv' AND PUBLIC 
6 BOUNDS. 

Tbe report nominating Superintendent of Com- 
niin and Public Grounds was accepted, when the 
certificate of the election of John Calvin was read. 
The Council proceeded to an election, Messrs. 
Brooks of Ward I. Winch of \\ ard 10 and Perry of 
Ward 15 acting as a committee to receive and 
count tbe votes. The committee reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes. 6i 

Necessary to a choice 3J 

John Saivin 36 

lb-ill v A. Miry I'i 

llemy H. Bowuitcll 14 

1 

Mr. Calvin was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

CHIEF ENGINEEH OF FI.{E DEPARTMENT. 
The report of committee nominating a Chief 
Engineer and Assistant Engineers of' tbe Fire 
Department was accepted, and the certificate of 
the election of John S. Damrell as Chief Engineer 
was read. I'ec Council proceeded to in election, 
Messrs, Kingsbury of W ard!3, 1'caseof W'ardl and 
Burt of Ward 16 acting as a committee to receive 
and count the votes. John S. Damrell was chosen, 
in concurrence, by a vote of 60, to one each for 
Elijah B. Mine, David Chamberlin and M.F. Wells. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF THE FIRE DEl'AltTMEM. 
The certificate of election of Assistant Engineers 
of the Fire Department was read, when the Coun- 
cil proceeded to an electn n. Messrs. Inlanders of 
Ward 5, Moulton of Ward 9, and Barnts of Ward 1 
acting as a committee to receive and count the 
votes. The committee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 3.2 

i'hinea? D Allen 57 

Joseph Dunbar 5,i 

Wm. A. Green 55 

John 6. Jacobs 55 

Joseph Barnes 54 

David Chamberlin 53 

Zenas E. Smi oh 53 

Ceo. Brown 53 

Buf as B. Fairer .'.51 

'iiini Culligan 51 

John W Keg.m 5U 

James Monroe 47 

Elijah B. Mine 45 

Sylvester II. Ilebard 'a 

J. Foster Hewins 26 

Chas. II. Blake 10 

OJeo.W. Clarke o 

John A. Fines a 

Win. II. .Cunningham 2 

. (i„'o. White, Jos. ' Frye, one each I 



The encire members of the old Board were de- 
clared to be elected, Messrs. Alien and Mine in 
place of Hewins and Blake, elected by the Board 
of Aldermen. 

BY/TENSION OF CHESTER PARK. 

The orders requesting the .Mayor to petition the 
Legislature for an act authorizing tbe construc- 
tion of highways wich solid filing across the 
South Bay from East Chester park to Dorchester 
avenue in south Boston, and for the Committee 
on Legislative Business with the City .solicitor, to 
appeal- before a Legislative committee and favor 
tlie passage of said act were considered. 

Mr. dull of Ward 1 referred to In.; action on the 
subject at i lie last meeting, stating that he had 
been investigating the niaUer, .hue was not pre- 
pared to vote to sanction the project to go before 
■lie Legislature. On looking over the action of 
the Legislative hearing, it appeared to be the 
■ pinion ill k in tii." extension of this avenue solid 
filling was hot the best, at any rate. 

I here were t*vo projects in view, and on looking 
at the map it was doubtful which of them would 
be prefer i.d". riis Impression was that the subject 
needed a good de i! of consideration and a thorough 
investigation before being decided upon. lie 
moved to lay it on the table. 

Mr. Hyun" sail this subject was much the suae 
as tbe other whicn had been referred, and he 
moved its reference to the Commitiee on Legisla- 
tive Business. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 moved its reference to 
the Committee on streets. 

.; . Dickinson of Ward 11 said this matter con- 
cerned the interests of his ward, and he would 
like to favor it if the project were a proper one. 
There was. however, anotner project for the ex- 
tension of Sweit street, to Ward 1-', and he was uot 
able to say wbicb might be the better one. There 
was a bili befoie the Legislature which w is fa- 
vored by individuals, and it may be the best one, 
an,! be p'assedl On the other hand, should the Citv 
Council ex( ress a preference for the extension of 
East Chester park, thsre could oe no doubt wbicb 
would he passedi This would place the City Coun- 
cil in the position of urging one project at the e\- 
nense of the other. If this is the best route, then 
let a preference be giveu to it, but not until it has 
been decided which is the best. He was inclined 
to favor the suggestion of a reference to the Cmn- 
mittee on Legislative Business. 

Mr. Flyun stated that the subject had been un- 
officially before the Committee on Streets, which 
was the reason why he moved its reference to the 
Committee on Legislative Business. 

Mr. Winch said he wished to have the matter go 
to some committee for information, and he thought 
the Committee on Streets better adapted to fur- 
nish the information. He understood from tlie 
gentleman from Ward 7 that it had not been offi- 
cially before the committee, and for that reason 
he wished it to go to them. 

Mr. Webster of Ward believed it would lie bet- 
ter to refer it to the Committee on streets, this 
wasnot a new matter, for it had been before th . 
is! at ure several times, and had been twice rejected. 
There was a large amount of business done above 
this proposed tilling, in lumber, wood and coal. 
If the region were tilled up, as proposed, there 
would be a large amount of unused wharf proper- 
ty, worth from .si to isi 50 per foot less than now, 
and there would be a claim of a quarter of a mil- 
lion of doilars and upwards for land damages. 

The reference to Committee ou streets was car- 
ried. 

REPJRTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, from the Joint Standing 
Committee >>n the Fire Department, to whom .\as 
referred an order proposing to pay John Hake for 
injuries done to his son Charles by a steam tire 
engine, made a report that the order ought to pi -s, 
but in a new draft, which they submit, as follows: 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid Jo John 
Hake the sum of |147, in full for >hc personal Inju- 
ics sustained by his son, Charles Hake, who was 
run over by Steam Engine .No. 11 on the 22d Octo- 
ber, 1870, upon said John giving to the city a re- 
ceipt and discharge in full satisfaction of alt 
claims and demands on account of said accident; 
the sum to be charged to the anpropriation for tbe 
Fire Department. 

The order was read twice and passed. 

Mr. Webster of W'rd 6 offered an order request- 
ing the Mayor to petition the Legislature for an 
amendment of tbe acts ol I860 and 1870, authorlz- 



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COMMON COUNCIL. 



mg the city to lay out streets in Wards 18, 14, 15 
;mcl Hi, so that in the laying out of streets the city 
shall not be required to pay the dainatres at the 
time of laying out of such streets until taken pos- 
session or for street purposes, and not assess 
betterments until after the streets are completed. 
On his motion the order was referred to t he 
Committee on Streets. 

ORDKRS PAS8F.D. 

On motion of Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings consider ami report upon the expediency of 
lumishing aud making such alteration in Hose 
Company No. it's house as in their judgment the 
necessities of the house may require. 

Ou motion of Mr. Squires of Ward 8, 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be and he hereby is 
authorized to cancel the bond numbering 2400, 
which was given by Win. E. Underwood, and bear- 
ing date Jan. 2, 1871. upon his surrendering the 
agreement received from the city to convey a lot 
Of land on Harrison avenue; aud that the Superin- 
tendent of Public Lands be directed to issue to 
said Underwood a new agreement of the same 
date upon receiving from him a new bond tor 
$2547, being the principal due on the old bond, 
with the sum of f 252, which is for ltj8 feet of laud 
that is to be added to the lot purchased by him 
Jan. 2, 1871. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 offered the following, 
which was read once: 

i Ir 'ered, That there be allowed and paid H. \V 
Longfellow the sum of $806 75, for lithographing 
500 plans of the Suffolk Street District, the same to 
be charged to the Suffolk Street District Loan. 

The order to pay Lmily H. Sanford for estate 68 
Chapman street, six thousand one hundred and 
fifty dollars, on her giving a satisfactory deed of 
the same, and acquittance for all damages and 
expenses iu consequence of the taking of said es- 
tate, was taken from the table and considered. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said it was on his mo- 
tion that the order was laid on the table, not 
knowing at the time of any precedent for the pro- 
posed action. Since that time he had examined 
the law under which the Suffolk Street Territory 
was taken for improvement, and found that it was 
not only expedient in such cases as this, to take 
property, but necessary to do so. By the pro- 
visions of this statute, when the property is taken, 
the title vests alone in the city. If any party shall 
agree to the conditions upon which the territory 
is tilled, the title again passes to them. Thisagree- 
ment must" be with the constituted[authorities, 
and the authorities are the Committee on the Suf- 
folk Street District. By the provisions of section 
2, it is provided that in case oi failure to agree the 
party shall file a bill in equity, and, if not satisiied, 
may have a, jury trial ; and it may be two or three 
vears before the party can get a dollar. In the case 
of the Church street property, the committee could 
settle without coming to the City Council. Pur- 
chases on that territory were made to the amount 
of ^100,000, and in the ' sales of property so pur- 
chased the city made from twenty-five to fifty per 
cent. In this case parties are agreed that the price 
proposed to be paid is fair, aud he was satisfied to 
leave the matter to a committee of seven or more. 
It was understood that the committee were 
unanimous, with one or two exceptions. Where 
persons were willing to sell at fair p. ices, he was 
in favor of the committee's going ahead and mak- 



ing purchases, without going to the Superior 
Court and hanging up the cases for two or three 
years. 

The order was passed by a vote of 36 yeas, ' 4 
nays. 

The vote was as follows : 

Yeas — Adams, Barker, Barnes, Bradt, Brennan, 
Burt, Devine, Dickinson, Dolan. Kmery, Faxon, 
Flanders, Gragg, Mersey, Hull, Kingsbury, Moul- 
ton, Mullane, rules, O'Brien, Patch. Pease, Perrv, 
Pope, Ptescott, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, 
Kowe, J. Smith, W. J. Smith, Stone, Webster, 
W>st, Willis, Woods— 36. 

Nays — Bicknell, Brooks, Bickford, Clatur. Cun- 
ningham, Flyun, Locke, MeDevitt, Noyes, O'Con- 
nor, By an. Squires, Taylor, Vannevar— 14. 

On motion of Mr. Byan of Ward 13, the ordi- 
nance to amend an ordinance in relation to Pub- 
lic Institutions, printed city document No. 16, 
1871. was tatsen from the table and considered. 

Mr. Dickinsou said he regretted being obliged 
to speak again, but as a member of the Committee 
on Ordinances his attention had been called to 
this matter. The history of it was this, the pro- 
vision being found on page 403 of the ordinances, 
that when the ordinances were codified, the re- 
quirement was brought to notice, having been un- 
known and for a Ions: time previous a dead letter. 
It provides that when the supplies called for 
amount to §300 and more, the directors shall ad- 
vertise in the newspapers. The Board believe it 
to be very desirable that there should be a change, 
and that this provision should be done away 
with. 

The Board of Directors get together every day 
in the week, and there is laid before them a requi- 
sition tor some kind of supplies. Some member 
familiar with the mirket for the particular article 
i9 designated to make the purchase, and he knows 
where to get it at the best advantage. As an illus- 
tration, a member of the Board of Aldermen told 
hiniofacase in which coal which was needed, 
was purchased at $2 a tou less than the city was 
paying at the time, after having made a contract 
by advertising, lhe same thins: was true in 
another case iu the purchase of flour, as related 
by another Alderman who was a member of the 
Board of Directors at the time. 

At a meeting of the Board, a member recom- 
mended the purchase of five hundred barrels of 
flour, expressing the belief that flour would rise 
in a few days. The purchase was made, and the 
result was as anticipated, proving a great saving 
to the city, which could not have been made had 
they been obliged to advertise for a supply. The 
members of the Board are gentlemen having the 
interests of the city in view, and if disposed to 
take advantage for their own benefit, the enforce- 
ment of this provision would be no safeguard. 

The provision was only calculated to hamper the 
Board, and it would be extremely foolish to re- 
tain it. The subject came up once, wheo it was 
proposed to strike this out in connection with au- 
other provision that no member of the Board 
should be allowed to furnish supplies himself. 
That amendment was lost on thatfaccount, but in 
striking out the requirement to advertise, the 
other provision is retained. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 believed the subject to 
be of great importance, and moved au adjourn- 
ment, which was carried. 
Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
FEBRUARY 27, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of rlie Bjaxd of 
Aldermen was held at 4 o'clock, this afternoon. 
Alderman Jenkins, Chairman, presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIKMED. 

Constables — Andrew r Perry, Samuel H. Smith 
Admissions to Fire Denartme.it — George F. 
Oliver, Hook and Ladder Co. No. 7; Edward W. 
Brlgham, Kngine Co. No. 18. 

Undertakers— Caleb I. Pratt, Richard Dillon, 
Constant T. Benson. William Cooley, Lewis Jones, 
William H. Brown, Benjamin F. smith, Philip E. 
Field, Dimel Ellard. Robert S. G. Marden, Hugh 
Taylor, Jeremiah Tinkham, Lewis Adam, William 
D.Koekwood, Denis O'Sullivan, Philip Kennedy, 
John W. Lavery, s. Gleason, George Johnson, Jr., 
Samuel J. Crockett. Hya?an S. Weiner, David Mar- 
den. John W. Pierce, Is'alium P. Whitney, David 
(jlugenheimer, Job T. Cole, John I'eak, Jere- 
miah O'Sulli van, William E. Brown, James riaynes, 
George V. Field, Joseph S. Waterman, William 
Manning, John llentz,John Haynes, Joseph S. Blye, 
James Farrell, Ebenezer Biro, James Cotter, 
George Stevens, George A. Willard, Rufus French 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Heirs of Kilby I'age, John Blackie, Edwin Bruce, 
Cornelia A. Coburn and J. F. Gamwell. severally 
for abatement of Hanover street betterments. 

W. H. H. M. Treadwell, Mitchell & Smith, and 
Charles H. Bacon, severally for abatement of Eliot 
street betterments. 

Lucius Beebe, heirs of Timothy Atkins, and Ed- 
ward Bell, for abatement of Atlantic avenue bet- 
terments. 

James Guild, for abatement of Zeigler street 
betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Charles D. Swain, for leave to erect a stable on 
Guild row. 

Henry Grimes, for leave to erect a stable on 
Watci court. 

James McGovern, for leave to erect a stable on 
Attains street, near Codman street, Warn 10. 

Michael McCarthy and others, against the erec- 
tion of a stable by Harvey Wait on Bolton and 
Third streets. 

H. W. Fames & Co., for leave to build a stable 
of brick for seventy horses on Stanhope street. 

J. B. Case, for leave to build a stable with four 
stalls in rear of lot on Commonwealth avenue. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

John B. Mulvey, for leave to remove trees from 
sidewalk of Heath street. Referred to the Com- 
mittee on Common on the part of this Board. 

John A. Nowell and others, for removal of one 
of the tracts of the Metropolitan Railroad on 
Hanover street, unless used by said railroad com- 
pany. 

h . H. Jenney, tor permission to lay an iron pipe 
under First street to his factory. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

H. L. Trafton, to be paid for personal injuries 
sustained on account of an alleged insecurity ol a 
sidewalk in Summer street. 

C. L. Litchfield, to be compensated for injuries 
done to his carriage by collision with a city cart on 
Broad street. 

Timothy Crowley, to be compensated lor injuries 
received from falling upon ice on a sidewalk in 
Summer street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

Josiah Cuincy, that th" Franklin Fund may be 
used, as iutended by the testator, for the benelit of 
the mechanics of Boston. 

Referred to Aldermen Little, Fierce and Cutter. 



COMMUNICATIONS 



RJELATIHG 

FUND. 



TO THE SINKING 



The following communications were laid before 
the Board, from the Mayor: 

City Hall, Feb. 27, 1871. 
To Hie Honorable Citij Council : 

The Board of Commissioners on the Sinking 
Fund for the payment or redemption of the city 



debt respectfu'Jy request the City Council to pass 
an order authorizing the renewal of the Water 
Loaa of $088,000, becoming duo April 1, 1871. 
For the Commissioners. 

Wm. Gaston, Mayor. 
Referred to the Committee on Finance. 

City Hall, Feb. 27. 1871. 

To the Honorable Ct'y Council : 

The Board of Commissioners on the Sinking 
Funds for the payment or redemption of the city 
debt, take pleasure in informing the City Council 
that, at a meeting hell this day, alter a careful 
consideration of the slate of the sinking Fund, 
placed in their hands in accordance w'ah the terms 
of an ordinance in addition to the Ordinance on 
Finance, passed D '.:. 24, 1870, and in compl.ance 
with the tenth section of said ordinance, it was- 
the judgmont of th.- Commissioners that the Dres^ 
ent Sinking Fund with its prospective accumula- 
tions and additions is sufficient to meet the out- 
standing debt to which it is applicable without 
further taxation. 

For the Commissioners. 

Wm. Gaston, Mayor. 

Sent to the Auditor, to lie placed on tile. 

report of commissioners on cedar grove 
cemetery. 

The third annual report of the Commissioners 
on Cetlar Grove Cemetery was presenten by Alder- 
man fierce. The report states that in October 
last Nathan Carruth was elected chairmau. in 
place of Wm. Tope, resigned. The work of im- 
proving the cemetery has been mainly in the com- 
pleting of the enterprises begun last year. The 
grounds have been kept in tair condition ; about 
2500 feet in length of avenues and paths have been 
thoroughly constructed, graded and finished with 
stone and gravel; iron gates are placed at the 
main entrance; the fences ana buildings are com- 
pleted; the pond near Adams street has been 
deepened and protected by a sunken marginal 
wall, with a walk upon its border. 

The price of lots was fixed at twenty-five cents 
per superficial foot, and thirty-eight lots have been 
sold since June at that rate. It is evident that the 
whole available ground in this cemetery will be 
needed by the residents in its immediate neighbor- 
hood, and while the lots are open for sale to such 
as apply, uo encouragement has been extended to 
speculators in this kind of property. 

The interments during the year, exclusive of the ' 
bodies now in the receiving-tomb, number thirty- 
seven. A statement of receipts and expenditures, 
and of the balance subject to order, is hereto an- 
nexed. 

Balance of account rendered, 1870, $5110 70 ; cash 
for lots during the year, $2955 24; horse, cart, etc., 
$50u; posts sold and set ting the same, $540; fees, 
etc., $229— total, $9341. Expenditures — paid for 
labor during the year, .$5870 79; materials and sup- 
plies, $1406 57; lumber. $398 72: gates, $490 10; 
mason work, $344 22; carpenter work and hard- 
ware, $586 79; other expenses, $104 52; balance on 
hand, $133 29. 

The report was laid on the table and ordered to 
be printed. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed : 

Ordered, That the Committee on Streets be au- 
thorized to sell by public auction, upon the usual 
forms, any parcels of land owned by the city abut- 
ting upon Atlantic avenue. 

Order, Authorizing the Committee on Public 
Builimgs to complete the stable and bathroom m 
Engine House No. 15, at a cost of $1100; to !>.• 
charged to the Appropriation for I'ublic Build- 
ings, 

The oity of Boston having filled the dock adjacent 
toaiid lyinjr westof Atlantic avenue, '-etween India 
and Central wharves, hereinafter described, pur- 
suant to the provisions of the 181st chapter of the 
acts of 1809, it is hereby 

Oraered, That in further pursuance of said stat- 
ute the following description of the dock so rilled, 
and the following statement ol" the claim of the 
city for the cost oi filling the same, be Died for 
record in the Registry of Deeds in the county of 
Suffolk, viz. : 

BbiMrlartesqf Dncle. Kastwardly, by the wester- 
ly line of Atlantic avenue, there measuring 297 
78-100 feet; northwardly by the northerly line of 
said dock, 169}i feet; westw.trdlv by the westerly 
line of said dock, 37 30-100 feet; south westward ly 
b« i be soul h westerly line of »:tld dock, 432) feet; 



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iinu southwardly by the southerly liue of said 
dock. 96 feet, containing 92,990 '.quare feet, more 
or less, and being shown on a plan made by Thos. 
W. Davis, City Surveyor, dated October 4,1869, 
and deposited in his office. 

Statement of Claim/.,,- Puling. 4<i,800 cubic yards 
of earth at 55 cents per yard, .*25,740., 

VACANCIES IN THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 
A proposition from the School Committee for a 
convention of tbe Board with the Committee on 
the evening of March l-!. for the puipose of tilling 
vacancies occasioned by rhe resignation of two 
members, was concurred in. 

PA?EBQ FttOM THE COMMON (OVFA'lh. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence; 

Order in favor of the construction of a new 
avenue across south Bay in < ontinuation of Ches- 
ter pink. Metered to the Committee on Streets. 

Order lor Committee on Public Buildings tore- 
port on expediency of repalrirg Hose House 
No. 9. 

Order authorizing repairs to be made on the old 
furniture in the Dearborn Grammar schoolhouse, 
and to provide new furniture for the new rooms 
and hall in ■said budding. 

Report and order extending the time for W. 
Toussaint to build on certain land on Warenani 
street. 

Order for Treasurer to cancel the liond of Win. 
E. Underwood for purchase of land on Harrison 
avenue, and to receive a new bond in exchange 
thereof, for said land and an additional parcel ad- 
joining the same. 

Keport and order to pay John Hake $147 for in- 
juries sustained by his son Ch irles, who was run 
over by a fire engine. 

The report and order for Mayor to petition the 
Legislature in aid o'' a proposed new avenue to 
Cambridge, referred to Committee on Legislative 
Business. 

Order U) pay Emily H. Sanford for estate G8 Chap- 
man street, six thousand oue hundred and fifty 
dollars, on her givi.ig a satisfactory deed of the 
same, aud acquittance for all damages and ex- 
penses in consequence of the taking of said es- 
tate. 

Order for Mayor to petition Legislature for such 
amendments to chap. 79 of the acts of 1870, as 
will not oblige the city to pay for land taken in 
the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th wards oefore 
completion of the streets laid out under said act. 
Referred to Committee on Streets. 

ASSISTANT ENGINEERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

The certificate of election of .Messrs. P. D. 
Allen and E. B. Hme by the Common Council, in 
place of J. F. Hewius and Chas. H. Blake, was 
read, when Alderman Uicker withdrew by request 
the name of Mr, Blake, and the Board proceeded 
to an election, resulting as follows: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Phineas IX Allen 10 

Elijah J5. Iline 7 

J. Foster riewins 6 

John E. E, Goward I 

Messrs. Allen ami Hine were declared to be 
elected, in concurrence. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Jenkins, from theCommittee on Streets, 
reported leave to withdraw on the petition of 
Hannah A. Dewhurst for apportionment of Trc- 
mont street betterments, and no action necessary 
on petition of J. B. Moors for abatement of assess- 
ment for widening Congress and High streets. 
Severally accented. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Buildings, to whom was re- 
ferred the request of the School Committee to be 
furnished with the estimated value of the school 
buildings in the city, made a report that it ap- 
peared from a statement furnished them by the 
Board of Assessors that the value of the land 
amounts to $1,785,505 44. They have estimated 
that the value of the ouildings for school pur- 
poses amounts to .13.933,650 60, making the total 
valuation of land and buildings $5,719, 15U 04 

Itead and accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses as follows: 
Melville Dramatic Association, to give dramatic 
entertainments at Mercantile Hall; Morris Broth- 
ers, to give a concert at East Boston, March 2; 
James Smith, to exhibit a pedestrian exercise at 
Olympic Theatre ; Charles VT. Hpbard, for leave to 



keep a velocipede rink at Dorchester; Musicians 
Union, to give a concert at Music Hall, March 5. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also repoited licenses to sun- 
dry persons as innholders, as an auctioneer, for 
wagon stands, wagon licenses and for transfer of 
wagon license. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Little, from ;he Committee on Health, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of T homas 
Corbett, for leave to erect a stable at No. 16 Shaw- 
mut place. Accepted. 

Alderman Ricker, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Public Instruction, to whom was re- 
ferred the request of the School Committee for a 
consolidation of the several appropriations for 
school purposes, made a report recommending 
that the request be referred to the Committee on 
Accounts. 

Accepted, and so referred. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewer*, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Ebenezer 
Johnson to be paid for drain In River St;eet; 
and no action necessary on petitions of Alfred 
Ziegler for leave to place a portion of his building 
on Pynchon street over the course of Stony Brook, 
and of Wni. Cutchcliff, Jr., to he compensated for 
an alleged imperfect construction or a drain at 
239 Princeton street. Severally accepted. 

REPORT ON FREE FERRIES. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Ferries, to whom was referred the 
petition of P. S. & J. B. Huckins and others fo.- a 
reduction of tolls for the transportation of lum- 
ber; also the communication from the • Directors 
of the ferries, recommending that foot passengers 
be allowed to pass free of toll, and who were 
directed by an order of tte City Council to con- 
sider the expediency of reducing the toll for all 
teams and abolishing what is termed the "long 
tolls;" made a report that after careful considera- 
tion, they were of the opinion that it would be for 
the city's interest to abolish all the tolls on the 
East Boston ferries, both foot passengers and 
teams, and they would therefore recommend the 
passage of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That from and after the 1st day of May 
in the year 1871. the ferries between East Boston 
and the city proper shall be maintained and oper- 
ated free of tolls. 

The order was read once and laid over. 

INCREASE OF PERMANENT ASSESSORS. 

Alderman Ricker, from a majority of the Joint 
Standing Committee on the Assessors' Oepartment, 
on the order to consider the expediency of amend- 
ing the ordinance concerning the assessment and 
collection of taxes, so as to provide for the elec- 
tion of six assessors, who, with the first assistant 
assessors, shall be chosen for a term of years, made 
a report, recommending the passage of the accom- 
panying ordinance. 

The ordinance provides thatas soon as may he 
after the passage of this ordinance there shall be 
elected by the concurrent vote of the two branch- 
es of the City Conncil, an assessor of taxes, who 
shall be a member of the Board of Assessors as pro- 
vided by section six of the ordinance concerning the 
assessment and collection of taxes, to hold his of- 
fice for the same length of time and under the 
same; conditions as the members of the Board al- 
ien dy elected. 

It further provides for the election of six asses- 
sors on the first Monday in February, 1872, or with- 
in sixty days thereafter, two of whom shall hold 
office for one year, two for two years, and two for 
three years from first of April, is72; and annually 
afterwards there shall be elected two assessors 
for the term of three years. The assessors so 
elected may be removed at any time by the City 
Council, and vacancies may be tilled at any t'tne 
for the unexpired term in the same manner" as rhe 
original appointment. 

Section 2 provides that on the fir*>t Mouday in 
February in the year 1872 there shall be elected by 
the concurrent vote of the two branches of the 
City -Council, one first assistant assessor for each 
assessment district in the city — half of the whole 
number shall be elected for one year, and half for 
two years from the titsf of April, 1872. Annually 
there'afterwards, tnere shall be one-half of the as- 
sessors elected for two years, and vacaucies may 
be tilled, and removals made as in the case of 
the permanent assessors. 

Accompanying the repoit was the following: 

The undersigned, a member of the Committee 
on the Assessors' Department, respectfully dis- 
sents from the recommendation of the majority, 



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believing tbat five persons are fully capable of per- 
forming all tbe duties required by the principal 
assessors, and tbat no change in the present sys- 
tem would be expedient at tnis time. 

L. It. Cutter. 

Alderman Cutter moved an indefinite postpone- 
ment of the subject, stating in support of the mo- 
tion that the r.ssessors are as able to discharge all 
the duties of their office with their present num- 
ber as the Board can desire. The expenses of the 
Board of Assessors had increased very rapidly 
within a few years, as he would show. Last year 
the pay of the assessors was $49,919 OH, and ten 
years ago it was but $16,184 74; the clerk hire last 
year was $17,996 06, and ten years ago )$4205 74. So 
great an increase as this should lead the Board to 
consider before making ltlarger. The taxes of the 
city were now enormous, and it was desirable that 
they should not be increased. There was no call 
for an additional assessor, and one was not wanted. 
Un the motion to indefinitely postpone he would 
ask the yeas and nays, which were ordered. 

Alderman Kicker said he hoped the subject 
would not be postponed. Keference was made to 
increase of expenses in ten years, but in what bad 
not such expenses increased in that time, and in 
almost everything in like proportion, in the city, 
State and nation? A gentleman, who is a mem- 
ber of this Board, told him that he served as an 
a-sistant assessor many years since, and all the 
compensation he received was a simple dinner. 
The fact that there bad been an increase in the ex- 
pense he regarded as a poor argument. The du- 
ties of the offife have increased, and with an in- 
crease of territory the expenses must increase. 
There are no heads of departments who work 
harder than the assessors. They are not confined 
to the usual hours of other officers, but are at work 
early and late, and when their regular duties are 
discharged, attend to calls and answer inquiries. 
It will be for the interest of the city to make the 
increase proposed, and more than the amount of 
salary will be saved 

Alderman Cutter said tbat since he had been a 
member of the Board he bad often visited the As- 
sessors' Department, and found that there was but 
little business done. There was hardly ever a quo- 
rum of the Board present, and at this time of the 
year there was but little found to do. He had 
been assured that there was no necessity for an 
increase, although of course there would be no 
objection made to it, and , in case of the annexation 
of Charlestown, there might be sufficient labor for 
six assessors. That being tbe case, there cannot 
be work enough now for an additional assessor. 

Alderman Kicker said there nmst be some dis- 
crepancy between the information obtained by tbe 
Alderman and that received by him. Not only 
will there be a necessity for another assessor iu 
case of the annexation of Charlestown, but there 
is need of another at the present time. 

Alderman Gibson said he did not understand 
that the assessors come to the Board ior more 
help. He hoped that the motion would prevail, 
for it was uncalled for to act on the supposition 
that other cities would be annexed. 

Alderman Fluiner said the facts wore briefly 
these. They had five principal assessors last year 
competent to perforin the duties of the office. 
They had turned off one who was competent to 
discharge the duties, representing a section of the 
city comprising a valuation of $40,000,000, and had 
elected in his place one who is not able physically 
to perform the duties. As a matter of economy 
another assessor should be eieet^d, conversant 
with the property of that district, and three or 
lour times his salary would be giinecl. The time 
was coming when there must be six principal 
assessors, and be hoped the gentleman who had 
been defeated w >uld be elected. 

Alderman Cutter said it appeared that tbe pith 
of all this movement was to make an office for a 
defeated candidate 

Alderman Kicker said this was not what actu- 
ated this committee in making their report. An 
order was drawn as long ago as in August last to 
provide for this increase of assessois, and this 
order, introduced before the election, had no refer- 
ence to the defeat of any candidate. 

Alderman IMumer said he spoke for himself 
alone, and not for the committee, in what he said. 
A competent man had been defeated for office, and 
a man bad been substituted for him who was not 
so able to discharge the duties of the office. 

Alderman Cowdin said he considered the re- 
marks of the Alderman to be a reflection on the 



Board of Aldermen as to their action. He con- 
sidered himself to be responsible to tbe people 
who sent him here for tbe manner in which he dis- 
charged his duties, and such remarks were not 
appropriate in this Board. He did not wish to re- 
flect on the action of any one. In relation to an 
additional assessor, be thought the time would 
come when one would be nee ed, and it might be 
now. Thirty-oue years ago, he was elected an as- 
sistant assessor, and served three months for 
nothing. There was not then such a scrambling 
for office as there is now, and men were willing to 
serve the city without pay. 

At that tiui3 there were three permanent asses' 
sors, wl-io received salaries of $ 1200 each, making 
the cost 50603, with the assistant, assessors, who 
were not paid. Al«ir they got through with their 
labors, the chairman got them all toeether and 
gave them a dinner, if auotner assessor were 
needed, he was rea^y to vote for one, but not for 
the pui pose ol m >king a place for any one. 

Alderrain I'lu.nsr said he utterly repudiated 
making any reflections on the Board, in the re- 
marKs which be made. In what he said, he had 
but stated facts, for which he was amenable to 
his constituents. He had no doubt it would lie 
vastly for the pecuniary interests of the city to 
have a new assessor for'che district not now rep- 
resented in the li >;\rd of Assessors. 

The motion to postpone was lost by a vote of 5 
to 7, as follows: 

Yeas— Cutter, Gibson, Tierce, Tope, Talbot. 

Nays — Cowdin, Jenkins, Little, IMumer, Kicker. 
White, VVoolley. 

Un motion of Alderman Kicker, the ordinance 
was referred to the Committee on Ordinances, to 
which he said it properly belonged. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

Alderman Ricker, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Assessors' Department, made a re- 
port recommencing the election of the following- 
named persons as First Assistant Assessors. 

Win. J. Ellis, Benjamin F. Palmer, Abel B. Mun- 
roe, Michael Carney, Arteaias K. Holden, John 
Brown, Charles Smith, John M. Maguire, Otis 
Rich, James Dennie, John O. Davis, Jeremah 
Sullivan, Jos. L. Drew, Edward F. Kobinson, Jos. 
F. Huntress, George F. Williams, Edwin B. Spin- 
ney, Wm. W. Nicuols, George F. Davis, L. Foster 
Morse, George B. Faunce, Wm. Withington. 

Alderman Kicker said he had received uote3 from 
John G. Davis and Charles Smith declining to be 
candidates. 

The Board proceeded to an election, with the fol- 
lowing result: 

William J. JEllis 12 

Benjamin K. Palmer 12 

Abel B. Munroe 12 

Michael Carney 11 

Artemas R. Holden 12 

John Brown 12 

John M Maguire 12 

Otis Rich 12 

James Dennie 9 

Jeremiah Sullivan 10 

Joseph 1.. Drew II 

Edward F. Robinson 12 

.losoph F. Huntiess 7 

Gsorge F. Williams 12 

fcMwin B. Spinney 12 

Wm. W. Nichols 9 

George F. Davis 9 

L. Foster Morse 12 

(ieovge B. Faunce II 

William Withington 9 

Michael J. Croak 8 

Joseph T. Swan 8 

All of the above-named were elected, Messrs. 
M. T. Croak and Joseph T. Swan in place of Davis 
and Smith, declined, the others being the nomi- 
nees of the committee. 

The other votes were as follows: Abraham G. 
Wynian, 5; P. A. Young, 4: John G. Davis, Chas. 
E.' Jackson, 3 each; Charles Smith, Wm. Gal- 
lagher, S. Farkman Blake, George W. Decatur. 2 
each; Theophilus Burr, Stephen A. Stackpole, W. 
C. Culver, 1 each. 

COMMISSIONERS OF MILTON LANDING PLACE. 

Edmund J. Baker, E. J. Bispham, and E. H. K 
Ruggles were unanimously elected Commissioneis 
of Milton Landing Place, as provided under the 
act of 1835. chap. 117. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC LANDS. 

The Board proceeded to the choice of Superin- 
tendent of Public Lands, when Robert W. Hall 
was unanimously reelected. 






JiOAHD OF ALDKRMEN. 



POET PHYSICIAK 

The election <>r I'oit Physician was taken up, 

w h«'ii s. u. Durgin was reelected, by a vote of 10 to 
1 for Win U. Page. 

OUDEBS I'Assi.li. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to reoair the floor of the lower 
hall in the Public Library building, and to fit up a 
water closet in the upper hall of tue said building; 
the expense therefor to be charged to the appro- 
priation for Public lluildiugs. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That there be paid to the Old Colony & 
Newport Railway Company the sum of $100, for 
land taken and all damages occasioned by the lay- 
ing out of Colony street by a resolve of October 12, 
1869; to be chaveed to The appropriation for Lay- 
ing Out and Widening streets. 

On motion of Alderman Ccwdin, 

Ordered, rint the armory of Company 1>, First 
Battalion of Infantry. M. V. M., in Williams Hail, 
corner of Washington and Dover streets, be ap- 
proved as a suitable place lor the deposit of arms 
and equipments, and that there be allowed and 
paid for rent of said armory, until otherwise or- 
dered, the sum of $600 annually, beginning on the 
1st day of .February, 1871; said sum to be chargeo 
to the appropriation for Armories. 

Ordered, That the armorv of Company B, First 
Battalion of Infanty, M. V. M., in Williams Hall, 
corner of Washington and Dover streets, be 
approved as a suitable place lor the deposit of 
arms and equipments, and that there be allowed 
and paid for ient of said armory, until otherwise 
ordered, the sum of $600 annually, beginning on 
the first day of February, 1871; said sum to be 
charged to the apDropriation lor Armories. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the sum of $36 09 be abated Trom 
the assessment levied upon John K. Hall for a 
sewer in Linwood and Centre streets. 



Also, that the collection of the following as- 
meats be postponed until entry is made into the 
respective sewers: 

John Grady, Trumbull street, $16 87; Samuel W. 
Clifford, Trumbull street, $16 87; Kastem Railroad 
Company. Bremen street. $14672; J. P. & I). R. 
Palmer, Trumbull street, S26 99. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

ordered, That a committee of three be appoint- 
ed to nominate suitable candidates for the offices 
of inspectors of lime, cullers of hoops and staves, 
field-drivers and pound-keepers, and fence-view- 
ers. 

AMerrcen Little, Pierce and Woolley were ap- 
pointed said committee. 

An order was passed to pay certain bills of the 
February draft of persons directly or indirectly 
connected with the City Government. 

An order was passed to meet the jail requisition 
to the amount of $1655 28. 

An order was also nassed, to abate certain nui- 
sances on Harrison avenue, High, Wharf and Cov 
streets, and rear of Cove street. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, an order to abate 
a sidewalk assessment of $24 3/ on the Windsor 
Street Mission. 

On motion of Alderman Ricker, an order to 
grade Guild street to Lambert avenue, at an esti- 
mated expense of $1500; an order to pay Albert 
Bowker $3400 tor grade damages at Nos. 304 and 306 
Hanover street. 

On motion of Alderman Cutter, an order author- 
izing plans to be made for the widening of Federal 
Street Bridge. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, an order author- 
izing the Committee on Public Buildings, on the 
part of this Board, to fit up the room recently 
occupied by the Social Law Library, for the use of 
the Judges of the Supreme Judicial Court, at an 
expense of $600. 

Adjourned. 



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COMMON COUNCIL, 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 
MARCH 2, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 1} 3 o'clock, Mat- 
thias Kich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BO.lRD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of C. L. Litchfield, H L. Trafton, 
and of Timothy Crowley were referred, in concur- 
rence. 

The reference to the Committee on Finance of a 
request of the Commissioners on the sinking 
Funds that -in order be passed for the renewal of 
the Water Loan of $ 688,000, due the first of April 
next, was concurred in. 

The report of the Commissioners on the Sinking 
Funds, that the present sinking Fund, with its 
prospective accumulations and addition?, is suffi- 
cient to meet the outstanding debt, to which it is 
applicable without further taxation, was ordered 
to be sent to the Auditor. 

The report o*" the Committee on Public Build- 
ings concerning the value of schoolhouses, that 
the land is estimated at $1,785,505 44, and the 
buildings at $3,933,650 60, was accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

The report that the request of the School Com- 
mittee for the consolidation of school appropria- 
tions be referred to the Committee on Accounts, 
was concurred in. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order to complete repairs on Engine house 16, 
at a cost of $1100. 

Order approving as suitable the armory of Com- 
pany B, 1st Battalion of Infantry, 51. V. 51., in 
Williams's Hall, and that a rent of $600 he paid 
annually till otherwise ordered. 

Order that the floor of the lower ball in the Pub- 
lic Library building be repaired, and a closet be 
made in the upper hall thereof. 

Order approving as suitable the armory of Com- 
pany D, 1st Battalion of Infantry, 51. V. 51., in 
Williams's Hall, and that a rent of $600 be paid 
annually till otherwise ordered. 

The following orders were read twice and 
passed : 

Order to pay bills of March draft. 

Order authorizing the sale by public auction of 
any parcels of land owned by the city on Atlantic 
avenue. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC LANDS. 

The certificate of election of Kobert W. Hall as 
Superintendent of Public Lands was read, when 
the Council proceeded to an election, 51essrs. 
Squires of Ward 8, O'Brien of Ward 7, and Locke 
of Ward 12 acting as a committee to receive and 
count the votes. The committee reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 53 

Necessary to a choice 27 

Kobert'W. Hall 50 

W. F. Brooks, George H. Davis, Thos. P. Tem- 
ple, 1 each. 
5Ir. Hall was declared to be reelected, in con- 
currence. 

PORT PHYSICIAN. 

The certificate of election of Port Physician was 
read, when the Council proceeded to an election, 
51essrs. Barnes of Wardl, Byan of Ward 13, and 
Salmon of Ward 3 acting as a committee to re- 
ceive and count the votes. The committee report- 
ed as follows: 

Whole number of votes 51 

Necessary to a choice 27 

Samuel II. Durgin 50 

Thos. L. Jenks, Thos. F. Temple, and P. O'Connor, 1 
each. 
Br. Durgin was declared to be reelected, in con- 
currence. 

COMMISSIONERS ON MILTON LANDING PLACE. 

The certificate of election of three Commission- 
ers on 51ilton Landing Place was read, when die 
Council proceeded to an election, Messrs. Dickin- 
son of Ward 11, Brooks of Ward 1, and West of 
Ward 16 acting as a committee to receive and 
count the votes. The committee reported as fol- 
.ows: 



Whole number of votes 51 

Necessary to a choice 27 

Kdniond J. Baker 52 

E. J. Bispham hi 

K. H. R. Buggies S3 

Karney Hull, Thomas K. Temple 1 each. 

Messrs. Baker, Bispham and Buggies were de- 
clared to be elected, in concurrence. 

The reference to the Committee on Ordinance?, 
of the ordinance to amend "An ordinance in rela- 
tion to the asessinent and collection of taxes" (in- 
creasing the number of permanent Assessors and 
the term of office of the Assessors and First Assis- 
tant Assessors) was taken up for considerati n. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11 moved an indefinite post- 
ponement of the subject, which was carried with- 
out a count. 

The report nominating a First Assistant Asses- 
sor and the certificate ot election of such asessors, 
were read, and the election was laid over. 

IFNFINISHED BTTS1NESS. 

The following orders were read a secoud tun.; 
and passed: 

order to pay H. W. Longfellow six hundred and 
eighty-six dollars and seventy-five cents, for lith- 
ographing five hun Ired plans ot Suffolk Street 
District. 

Order to pay Christopher P. Sanborn $9245 and 
the tax, tor house 33 Chapman street, on Suffolk 
Street District. 

Order authorizing the Committee on Suffolk 
Street District to contract with O. W. & F. Smith 
for the construction oi an iron bridge over Orange 
street, in connection with the bridge over the Bos- 
ton & Albany Uailmaa tracks, in the extension of 
Shawmut avenue, for not exceeding $18,900. 

ELECTION OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF BRIDGES. 

The report nominating Suprintendents of Bridges 
was accepied, when the Council proceeded to 
the election of the several Superintendents. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF FEDERAL STREET BRIDGE. 

51essrs. Ayer of Ward 14, Adams of Ward 12, 
and 5IcDavitt of Ward 7, the committee to re- 
ceive and count the votes, reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 53 

Necessary to a choice 27 

Jacob Norris 47 

Scattering 6 

Mr. Norris was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF DOVER STREET BRIDGE. 

Messrs. Woods of Ward 12, Bonner of Ward 2, 
and Kendall of Ward 4. the committee, reported 
as follows: 

Whole number of votes 54 

Necessary to a choice 23 

Angus Nelson 45 

1 lugh Slealey 7 

George S. Kendall 2 

5Ir. Nelson was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF CHELSEA STREET BRIDGE. 

5Iessrs. Smith of Ward 1, O'Connor of Ward 7, 
and Pond of Ward 3, the committee, reported as 
follows: 

Whol-3 number of votes 54 

Necessary to a choice 28 

Edward T. Stowers 45 

H.N. Holbrook 3 

Scattering 6 

5Ir. Stowers was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF MERIDIAN STREET BRIDGE. 

Messrs. Willis of Ward 9, Taylor of Ward 3, and 
Bicknell of Ward 4, the committee, reported as 
follows: 

Whole number of votes 54 

Necessary to ■>• choice 28 

Abner Kniglit 41 

AlbertC.Pond 4 

Scattering S 

Sir. Knight>as declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF GRANITE BRrDGE. 

.Alessrs. Sayward of Ward 16, Bickford of Ward 
15 and Konertson ot Ward 4, the committee, re- 
ported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 54 

Necessary to a choice 28 

B S. Hawes 39 

A. C. Pond 2 

P. O'Connor 2 

Wm. E. Bicknell 2 

Scattering 9 

Mr. Hawes was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 



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1871 



54 



SUPERINTENDENT OF NEPONSET BRIDGE. 

Messrs. Bradt of Ward 14, Perry of Ward 15, and 
Dolan of Ward 13, the committee, reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 48 

Necessary to acholce 25 

John Glavin 35 

Thos. C. Butler 8 

Scattering 5 

Mr. Glavin was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF Mf. WASHINGTON AVENUE 
BRIDGE. 

Messrs. Foye of Ward 5, Devine of Ward 15, and 
Faxon of Ward 14, the committee, reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 51 

Necessary to a choice 20 

Geo. II. Davis 23 

Frederick Tilden 14 

Walter E. llawes 6 

Scattering 8 

There was no choice, and the Chair took occa- 
sion, tor the second time, to remind gentlemen 
that members of the Council were ineligible. 
A second ballot resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 56 

Necessary to a choice 29 

George II . Davis 37 

W E. llawes 6 

Frederick Tilden 6 

Terence Smith 3 

Scattering 4 

There were two votes reported for ineligible 
persons. 

Mr. Davis was declared to ue elected in concur- 
rence. 

ORDINANCE . RELATING TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

An ordinance to amend an ordinance in relation 
to public institutions (printed City Document No. 
16. 1871) was taken up for consideration. 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8 moved to amend the 
ordinance bv striking out in section 7 all after the 
word "price," in the fourth line, so that in the 
procuring ot supplies nothing further would be re- 
quired than that they should be procured at the 
lowest market price. 

.Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 moved to strike out sec- 
tions 7 and 8, relating to the purchase of supplies 
and the making of quarterly reports. 

Mr.j'.stone of Ward 5 opposed the amendment. 
No member of the Board should have a pecuniary 
interest in the purchase of supplies, and he hoped 
the motion to strike out would not prevail. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 stated that the proposed 
amendment of the ordinance, as reported, was in 
accordance with the desire of the Board, as had 
been explained, so that they should not be ham- 
pered in making purchases" by the restriction in 
advertising. He did not understand that the 
Board a»k that the last part of the section should 
be struck out, which relates to contracts with the 
members of the Board. Before going on any 
further, he thought it would he best to wait and 
inquire whether the proposed amendment was 
wanted. The first was from respect for the opin- 
ions of the Board as expressed by them, while the 
other was sprung upou the Council without refer- 
ence to any committee. 
Mr. Flanders withdrew his motion. 
Mr. Webster of Ward 6 said the Council could 
not do a worse thing than to pass the amendment, 
for he could not see why any person should pur- 
chase of himself. The amendment proposed to 
strike out all reference to members of the Board 
in the purchase of goods of himself or of any oth»r 
member. 

Mr. Vannevar referred to page 137 of the ordi- 
nances, relating tu contracts with city officers, 
which he thought covered ah that was required, 
should the amendment proposed by him be car- 
ried. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said he explained last 
week quite fully the reasons lor the passage of the 
amended ordinance. The provision in the last 
part of section 7, proposed to he stricken out, [that 
"no n.ember of the Board, either directly or indi- 
rectly, for himself personally, or in trust for any 
other person, shall have a »y pecuniary interest in 
lurnishina: supplies for the institutions, or in any 
contract for the same,"] is a very proper one, and 
should be recognized as such. As had been re- 
marked, the directors did not come here to ask 
that this provision should be struck mit, but that 
so much should be struck out as hindered them in 
the discharge of their duties. 



With regard to the provision on page 137 of the 
ordinances, he doubted whether it would apply in 
this case. At any rate he could not see any harm 
in allowing this provision to remain. If it were 
true that the other met the case, he could not see 
any reason to repeal the one without a repeal of 
the other. The provision should stand as was 
proposed by the Board. It would be foolish to re- 
peal all after the word "price," for it would he ex- 
pected that the Board should purchase at the 
lowest market price. As it stands it is but an 
introduction to what follows naturally, and it 
would be unwise to remove the restriction. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said there was a differ- 
ence in the provisions of the two ordinances; that 
on p«.ge 137 providing that no member ot the 
City Council or Board shall be interested in a con- 
tract unless the same is expressly authorized by 
ordinance or order, while this has reference to an 
executive officer furnishing supplies. 

Mr. Vannevar stated that the directors say that 
they cannot make a contract with a member of 
the City (iovernmeut. 

Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8 said this matter may 
have been investigated by members of the Coun- 
cil, but not by himself, ft was a very important 
matter, a question which he had not sufficiently 
examined to act upon at this Lime. He, there- 
fore, moved that it be laid on the table. Carried, 
by a vote of 26 to 9. 

It was voted that it be assigned to 9 o'clock on 
Monday evening next. 

NEW AVENUE ACROSS CHARLES RIVER. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, from the Committee on 
Legislative Matters, to whom was lelerred the 
order requesting the Mayor to petition the. Gener- 
al Court, now in session,' for the passage of an act 
authorizing the construction of a new avenue from 
some point on Beacon street across Charles Kivcr 
to Cambridge, made a report that the passage of 
the order was originally recommended by the 
Joint Standing Committee of the City Council on 
Streets, who have given the subject careful con- 
sideration. As this application to the Legislature 
is merely for authority to construct, an avenue 
uoon a line to be hereafter defined, and does not 
commit the city to the enterprise at the present 
time, they are of opinion that this order ought to 
pass. 

The report was accepted. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 moved that the order be 
laid on the table. Lost— 12 to 27. 

Mr. Perkins said the proposition was to build a 
bridge from Cambridge to Boston, out on the Mill- 
dam. The question was what kind of a bridge was 
it proposed to build, and whether it was not some 
land scheme or project for filling of flats for spec- 
ulative purposes, and the injury of property on the 
Mil Idam by narrowing the river. All bridges are 
filled up solid for a considerable distance, and there 
was no certainty what it was proposed to do. He 
would like to have the views of the Harbor Com- 
missioners, and whether it is designed to make 
compensation for the displacement of water in this 
filling of flats He did not wish to have this hur- 
ried through without anybody's knowing anything 
about it, and would move that it be recommitted 
to the Committee on Harbor, with instructions to 
obtain the opinion of the Harbor Commissioners 
on the subject. 

Mr. FlynnofWard 7 said the chairman of the 
Committee on Streets was not present, and he did 
not suppose this subject would come up tonight; 
otherwise he should have obtained plans ftoin the 
City Engineer in relation to it. He moved that 
the subject be laid on the table. Carried. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Chailotte E. Baser, to be relieved from condi- 
tions of sale of land on Pembroke street. Kefer- 
red to Committee on Public Lands. 

SITE FOR ENGINE HOUSE NO. FOUR. 

Mr. Say ward of Ward 16, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Public Buildings, who were di- 
rected to advertise for proposals for a site for En- 
gine House No. 4, made a report as follows: 
" The committee advertised as directed, and re- 
ceived the inclosed proposals, viz. : Estate on 
Congress street (corner of Lindall street) $94,909 10; 
estate on Cnardon street (coiner of Grant place; 
$71,000; estate on State street (Nos. 150, 158, oppo- 
site head of India street) $50,000; estate on »ud- 
bury street (Nos. 57, 59) $35,000; estate on Howard 



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street (No. 43} $26,0(10; estate on Kill)/ street (N'os. 
83i85)$l«i000; estate No. 87 Howard street (oppo- 
site somersi t street) $17,500. 

Alter careiully considering the aliove proposals, 
the committee deem it unadvisable that any of 
them should he Accepted. 

The < ■ 1 1 > owns a lot or land situated on the cor- 
ncr of Hamilton street and Hamilton alley, meas- 
uring tbi rty feet on the street, which is fifty feet 
wide, and sixty feet on the alley, which hounds on 
the side and rear, and is fourteen, feet wide. This 
lot cost the city $5500, and is conveniently situ- 
ated and connected With the surrounding streets. 
The committee believe that a building Containing 
accommodations for Engine No. 4, and a spare 
engine, hose carnage or fuel wagon,, can he erect- 
ed on this lot for a sum not exceeding $15,000. 

The question being upon the acceptance of the 
report, Mr. Flanders inquired where Hamilton 
street is. 

Mr. say ward replied that it was a street leading 
from Battery march street. 

Mr. Flanders wished to know whether there was 
not a site to be had in Charlestown or Ward 16? 

Mr. Sayward replied that there was none that he 
was aware of. 

The report was accepted. 

Mr. .Smith of Hard 10 inquired where the action 
left the report, and on kis motion it was referred 
to the Committee on Fire Department. 

On motion of .Mr. Noyes of Ward 5, 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Fire De- 
partment consider the expediency of building on 
the north end of the Court House a suitable build- 
ing for Steam Engine No. 4. 

LOCATION OK THE HOUSE OF CORRECTION. 

On motion of Mr. Ilersey of Ward 12, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Institutions at 
South Boston and Deer Island consider and report 
upon the expediency of removing the House of 
Correction to Deer Island or to some other Island 
in Boston Harbor. 

Mr. Sayward of Ward 16 ottered the following: 

VVhere'as, in view of the late disastrous fire at 
the House of Correction, the question arises of the 
expediency of building a suitable structure to 
accommodate the increasing demand of the prison, 
or of making such alterations in the present build- 
ings as will for the time render the condition of 
the same convenient and adequate to the safe- 
keeping and employment of the prisoneis; there- 
fore, 

Ordered, That the Board of Directors for Public 
Institutions be authorized to procure plans to be 
submitted to the City Council, together with esti- 
mates of the cost of both projects, and that the 
sum of $5000 be appropriated to defray the expenses 
of the same; and that the Auditor of Accounts be 
authorized to transier said sum from the appro- 
priation for the House of Industry for that special 
purpose. 

The order was read once, and a motion was 
made for a suspension of the rules, for its passage. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 said he hoped the motion 
would not prevail. The appropriation of $5000 tor 
plans he thought to be a large sum, and they 
should be had for less money. 

The motion to suspend the rules was lost. 



MORE SCHOOL ACCOMODATIONS. 

Mr. Aver of Ward 14, submitted a request from 
the School Committee for additional school ac- 
commodations in the Norcross School district, the 
committee stating that there were in actual at- 
tendance in the Norcross School, C73 pupils; that 
there are in the primary schools to be promoted 
on the first of March ninety-five pupils, making a 
total after the first of March, of 768 pupils telong- 
ing to the grammar department. The Norcross 
Schoolhouse has permanent seats for 660 pupils, 
and lias been obliged to use platform seats to ac- 
commodate the excess during che pastfew months. 
The necessity for additional accommodations is 
imperative, and the committee therefore request the 
City Council to secure the basement el the E Street 
Church, and he the same for the use of the new 
classes which are to he formed as soon as accom- 
modations can be provided, and this they hope 
will be at the earliest possible moment. 

deferred to Committee on Public Instruction. 

CELEBRATION OF FOURTH OF JULY. 

Mr. Clatur of Ward 4 ottered an order providing 
for the apnointment of a Committee on the Cele- 
bration of the Anniversary of the National Inde- 
pendence, the expense of the same not to exceed 
the sum of $20,000. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11 moved its postponement 
to the first meeting of the Council in May. 

Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8 hoped the motion would 
not prevail, for it might be necessary to act upon 
the question at an earlier day. 

On motiou of Mr. Barnes 'of Ward 1 the order 
was laid on the table. 

HOME FOR INEBRIATES. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 ottered the following older: 

Ordered, That a special committee, consisting of 
three on the part of ths Common Council, with 
such as the Board of Aldermenmay.join.be ap- 
pointed to consider and report on the expediency 
of establishing a Home for Inebriates ; and that 
said committee be directed to confer with the 
State authorities in relation to the purchase of 
Kainsford Island for such purpose. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 moved that the last part 
be struck out, for it would not be necessary to 
take measures to confer with the state authorities 
in the purchase of an island until it was first de- 
termined to establish such a Home as was pro- 
posed. 

Mr. Flynn replied that Kainsford Island, it was 
believed, might be conveyed to the city at a nom 
nal price, and no harm could be done in making 
the inquiry, the Governor and the Mayor having 
been conferred with on the subject, with their ap- 
proval. 

Mr. Perkins withdrew his motion to amend, and 
the order was passed. 

The Chair appointed on the committee Messrs. 
Flynn of Ward 7, Webster ot Ward 6, and Van- 
nevar of Ward 8. 

On motion of Mr. Ryan of Ward 13, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to consider and report whether 
a new location is desirable for Police Station No. 
0, and if so, to select and recommend the pur- 
chase of a suitable site for the same. 

Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDEKMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceeding's of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 6, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board <>i 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at, four o'clock, 
Alderman Jenkins, the Chairman, presiding. 

JUBOBS DRAWN. 

Four grand and six petit jurors were drawn for 
the I . S. District Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Undertakers— Lewis S. Jones, Alonzo T. Baxter. 
Superintendent of Lamps— Geo. H. Allen. 
superintendent of Faneuil riall— Henry Taylor. 
Superintendent of Faneuil Hall Market— C has. 

IS. Rice. 

Inspector of Milk— Henry Faxon. 

Measurer of Grain— George P. Kay. 

Surveyor of Marble— William B. Bayley. 

Inspectors of Petroleum and Coal oils — Robert 
F, Means. Nathaniel Cleaves. 

Measurers of Wood and Bark— Timothy Abbott, 
B. (.. I'rescott, William Keith, Robert Hale, J. B. 
Quimby, Charles Darrow, u. F. Lawrence, Caleb 
\V. Hartshorn, Stanley C. Bnrnham, William Jor- 
dan, Kandali G. Morse. 

The following named were appointed on nomin- 
ation of committee of which Alderman Little was 

chairman : 
Inspectors of Lime— Andrew Abbott, Kbenezer 

Curtis. 

Cullers of Hoops ami Staves -Lewis Beck, Ben- 
jamin Abbott. 

Fence Viewers— Moses Gragg, John Dove, John 
ISoble, Luther Briggs, E. H. K. tiuggles. 

Field Drivers and Found Keepers— \\ illiam D. 
Cook, S. E. Partridge, Henry .Morse, Thomas M. 
Cotton, Maurice B. Howe, Charles Spear, William 
(iordon, Wilson Stanley, Samuel Mcintosh, Ed- 
ward F. Mecuen. E. T. Hitchcock, .Matthew B. 
Clark, .). M. Swett,Johu Kobie, Hubert T. (Hidden. 
William Moulton. Minot D.Getchell, Henry Crane, 
Jr., Win. McChesley. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

MercantileWharf Corporation, againstthe rilling 
of their dock by the city. 

George Elz. William J. Stuart, D. N. Pickering, 
John T. Smith, Francis A. Hall, Frederic May. 
severally for apportionment of Eliot street better- 
ments. 

Winslow Lewis and others, against the proposed 
extension of Chester park. 

severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 
'I'll \yer Brothers, for abatement of their tax for 
1867. 'Referred to Joint Committee on Assessors' 
Department. 

Elizabeth Freemen, to be compensated for per- 
sonal iDiuries sustained by an alleged delect in 
Dorchester avenue. Referred to Committee on 
Claims. 

Company K.Okl Massachusetts Sixth Kegilnent, 
that the city would aid them in a proposed parade 
of said regiment on the 19th oi April. Referred 
to Committee on Armories. 

W. L. G. Thayer, lor leave to build a stable on 
Bowen street for three horses. 

Josiab Dunham and others, against the erection 
of a stable by Samuel F rd on Tudor street. 

Frederick Sowdon, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in south Boston. 

Malachi Clark, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in this citj . 

William A. never and others, against the pro- 
posed erection of a stable for seventy horses on 
Stanhope street. 

Michael Gormley, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets ot this citv. 
Severally referred to the Committee on Health, 
samuel W. Win-lew, that Knox street be paved. 
A. .McLaren & Co., for the grade at the corner 
of Marion and London streets. 

John Ritchie, to be paid for grade damages at 
720 Washington street. 

1". II. Miller, to be paid for grade damages on 
extension Of Vernon street. 
Severallj referred to the Committee on Paving 
John Sow le, for removal of the projt cting signs 
Ms, riano\ ei street. 



Madame Demorest, for leave to place a project- 
ing sign at 21 Winter street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Police. 

Heirs of Mrs. P. Stevens, to be compensated for 
damages done to her estate on Garland street. 

Thos. J. Whidden and others, that the work of 
lining up Emerald street may be expedited. 

Severally referred to Committee on Suffolk Street 
District. 

John H. Hall, for postponement of collection of 
his assessment for the Centre street sewer. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Robert Marsh and others, for a clock on the 
church at the corner of Hanover and Richmond 
streets. Referred to Committee on Bells and 
\ locks. 

BEQUEST OF THE LATE GEORGE TICKNOK. 

The following communication was laid before 
the Board: 

City Hall, March 6, 1871. 
To the < 'iiij Council : 

Gentlemen — I herewith transmit a letter ad- 
dressed by William s. Dexter, one of the executors 
of the will of Mr. George Tickner, late of Boston, 
deceased, inclosing a copy of the ninth article of 
the will of Mr. Ticknor, by which it appears that a 
munificent bequest was made to the City of Boston 
by that distinguished scholar and eminent citizen. 

It appears by the accompanying letter of Mr. 
Dexter, that Mrs. Anna Ticknor generously offers 
to relinquish to the city her right to use the be- 
queathed property during her life. I respectfully 
recommend the City Council to accept the gener- 
ous bequest, and by some appropriate action to 
express their high appreciation of the value ot the 
gift. William Gastox, Mayor. 

40 STATE STREET, MARCH t>, 1871. 

Hon. Win. Gaston, Manor of the City of Boston: 

Sir— Inclosed herewith is a copy of the ninth ar- 
ticle of the will of Mr. George Ticknor, late of 
Boston, relating to a bequest of books, manu- 
scripts, and money to the city of Boston. 

If the city shall accept the same in tbe manner 
required by the will, the executors thereof are 
ready to pay the money and to deliver the books 
and manuscripts iu said will mentioned, as Mrs, 
Anna Ticknor, widow of the said George, desires 
to relinquish her right to retain during her life the 
said books and manuscriots. 

Your obedient servant, 

Wm. S. DeXter, 
for self and co-executors. 
Copy of Article IX. of the will of George Tickner 
of Boston, proved Feb. 20, 1871 : 

Ninth. On the death of my wife, I give to the 
city of Boston, where 1 was born, where I have 
lived a long and happy life, and where 1 hope to die, 
all my books and manuscripts in the Spanish and 
Portuguese languages, and I further give and be- 
queath to the same city of Boston the sum of §4000 
to be paid within one year after the probate of 
this my will, t'.e same to be always kept by the 
said city sately invested at interest for the pur- 
poses hereinafter specified. But I make these 
two bequests to the city of Boston only in trust 
for the following purposes, and no other, to wit: 

(1.) That in tne course of each and every period 
of rive years, during the twenty-five years next 
succeeding the receipt by the said city of the said 
sum of $4000, the sai.l city shall expend not less 
than $1000 in tne purchase of books in the Spanish 
and Portuguese languages and literatures or in one 
of them; and furthermore expressing it as my 
wish but not as my requirement, in order so far as 
may be to insure "the purchase of books already 
determined to be worth possessing, that no book 
shall be so purchased during said twenty-nveyears, 
nor afterwards, from the income of the said fund 
of 84000, which shall not have been published in 
some one edition at least five years; it being my 
will that everv book purchased at any time from 
the income of my said fund of $4000, shall be a 
book of permanent value and authority, and nei- 
ther newspapers, periodicals, nor other popular 
publications not likely to be of lasting considera- 
tion. , „ 

(2.) That no person whatsoever shall at any 
time or under any circumstances, except for bind- 
ing or needful repairs in binding, be permitted to 
remove from the proper rooms of the Public 
Library any of the books hereby bequeathed, or 
for the purchase of which provision is hereby 
made, but that within such rooms and at all such 
times and bonis, and under such restrictions as 
the Ti ustees or other lawful managers of the said 
library mav deem expedient or (reasonable, 'each 



MARCH 6, 1871 



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and ill of said books so bequeathed or so pur- 
chased shall be freely accessible for reference or 
study to all such persons as may be permitted to 
resoi t to said library or to use it. 

d.) That at the end of the tweiity-hve years 
aforesaid, and in each and every year thereafter 
forever, : lie said city of Boston shall cause the 
ii' of the said fund or slOOO, but no part of 
the principal, to.be expended in the purchase of 
books ol permanent value, either in Spanish or 
I'ortnguese language, or in such other languages 
as ina\ : i deemed expei ietrt by the Trustees of 
the said library or other persons having lawful 
i the same, but always undef the condi- 
tions and restrictions herein before expresseo, 
namely : That the same shall oc used only in the 
proper rooms ol the said library and neVer lent 
hi or our, of them. 

i Hi u none of the hooks bequeathed by me, 
• ml. (.)• ,n be purchased from the income 
of the fuuil of .-.-Mail, as aforesaid, shall at anytime 
lid, exchanged, or given away; but tna't they 
.shall, if not inconvenient, be kept together, like 
the Bowditch and the Parker collections now in 
said library. 

(5.) that if at any rime the fund aforesaid shall, 
from ai y cause whatever, become diminished, 
at least oli»-half of the annual income there- 
in shall yearly be added to the principal until the 
full sum of $4000 shall be made good again. 

((I.) Hut in case the city of Boston shall refuse or 
n gleet for the space of one year after the probate 
of this my will to accept the said bequest; of books, 
manuscripts and money on the trusts and condi- 
tions hereinbefore set lortn, or shall, at any time 
alter accepting the same, fail or neglect faithfully 
to f'.'.lfil each and all of said trusts and conditions', 
ace >rding to their true spirit and intent, 
then, and in either of said cases, I give and he- 
ath tire same books, manuscripts and money 
to the .Fellows of Harvard College, in the city of 
Cambridge, for the use of the general library of 
the said College, upon the same trusts and condi- 
tions, so far as the same can be made applicable, 
ro the said general library, giving, as I do 
hereby give, to the said President and Fellows full 
[lower to sue for and recover the said books, man- 
uscripts and money or any of them, from the said 
city of Boston, or from any person or persons who 
may have the same or any of them in his or their 
possession. 

The communications were referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Public Library. 

The following communication was received from 
the Boston & Albany Railroad Company, in rela- 
tion to the variation'of location : 

To the Board of Aid, , m< n qf the Qitig of Boston : 

The Boston <& \lbany Railroad Comnany doth 
hereby vary the direction and location of a por- 
tion of its raiiroad situate in that part of Boston 
culled Kasr Boston, described in the location riled 
by saiii company wait said Board on the 30th May, 
and do withdraw and abandon She same in 
part by abandoning and releasing- a parcel of land 
situate in said Kast Boston, th it is to say so much 
of the land purporting Co be conveyed to .'ohu M. 
I'inkerton by the deed of Win. Whiting and Chas. 
J. Heudee, recorded with .Suffolk deeds, July 3, 
I867,,lib. S02i t'ol. 262, as was not included m' or 
cnvcro.'l by the location bled by the Grand June 
tion ttailrocd and .Depot Company on the 3lst Oc- 
tober, 1850, with the Board of Mayor and Alder- 
men of the said Citv of Boston, or in the location 
tiled by the Boston & Worcester Railroad Com- 
pany with the Board of Aldermen of said city 
on the 26th November, IKGti, but was included 
in and covered by the location tiled with said 
Board by said Boston & Albany Railroad Com- 
pany on the 30th May, 1868; reserving always 
and not abandoning; and provided always 
that these presents are. upon the condi- 
tion that they can and may in that case legally re- 
serve, retain and not abandon all other lands, rights 
and privileges taken bv or under each and all of 
saul locations, not. hereby or heretofore by said lo- 
cation tiled in 1868. or by or under Chapter 312 of 
the acts passed by the Legislature of said Com- 
monwealth, in the year 18UT, specifically and in 
terms abandoned and released. 

This abandonment and withdrawal to be void 
and of none effect if said Boston & Albany Rail- 
road Company cannot legally make the same, and 
retain and reserve and not abandon, as aforesaid, 
said other lands and rights hereby reserved. Ref- 
erence may be had to tne records of said Board of 
Aldermen and to said Suffolk deeds tor the d >scrip- 



tiou and terms of said locations, of said deed, and 
of the land thereby portioning to be conveyed to 
saitl PinUerton, and saiii company doth hereby also 
release to said I'inkerton; and agree that he may 
have a good and sufficient crossing over all and 
any partof the land purporting to be com 5yaa to 
him by said dee I as aforesaid, hereby reserved 
and retained by said company as long as they shall 
retain and occupy the same. 
Ordered to be .placed on lile. 

AUDITOK S MONTHLY EXHIBIT. 

The Mont'ily Exhibit of the Auditor was pre- 
sented in print, it being tin exninil of the General 
and Special Appropriations for the present finan- 
cial year of 1870-71, as shown in the books in his 
office, March 1, 1871, hicHidm'g the March draft, 
being eleven months' payment* of the tiiiancril 
year, — exhibiting the original appropriations, the 
amount expended, and the balance of each unex- 
pended at that date. A reca^itutation gives the 
following result: 

Appropriations, 

Revenues, etc. Expended. Unexpended. 

General $i0.1U4,lsl Oi $i,i)i\,o%i -.9 $.', 172.(147 13 

Special 6,35SjS38 37 ,J,4G0,n4J Kt> &«*),»« 41 

$lo,4ti3,0l9 3.1 $\l,ZUfiVt £5 $o,07U,i-:4i 54 
Ordered to oe sent down. 

A1TNUAL REPOKT OE THE CITY EXtilNEEK. 

The auuual report of the City Engineer was laid 
before the Board in print. 

The expenses of the department for the year 
amounted to $14,145 89, ana there was a balance 
unexpended from the yearly appropriation of 
$15,000, and a previously unexpended balance, of 
$430(5 99. The expenditures from special appro- 
priations were — for Water Works. $0,838 32; Caving 
Department, $2552 52; Suffolk Street District, 
27; Mount Washington Avenue Bridge, 
sc.o 38, — mating a total of special approprations, 
$10,570 49, and of all expenditures $24 ; ,722 38. 
The number of uersons employed in the depart- 
ment is seventeen. 

A brief history is given of the operations in the 
construction of the Chestnut hliil Reservoir, the 
engineering . operations extending over seven 
years. A statement of operations of the high 
service pumping works is also given, the daily 
average of water pumped in December amounting 
to 735.274 gallons, which shows an equivalent of 
seventy gallons per inhabitant, believed to indi- 
cate a large amount of leauage. 

The amount of work done by the Superintendent 
of the Eastern Division for the year was in laying 
of pipe, 41,441 feet, or about 7 85-100 miles, eighty- 
two gates and ninety-six hvdra.its. 

in the extension of the water works in Dorches- 
ter, about twenty miles ol roadway have been 
levelled over and protiles of street; to the number 
of toffy have been made. Cutlet the orders o) July 
last, to extend the pipes in Dorchester, contracts 
for the pipe were made as sum as possible, but 
none were received so that won; could begin until 
the hist of September, and since then the delivery 
has been tartly, ami not so much has b ten tccoiu- 
plisnerl as was anticipated The amount done 
under the order was as follows: 2298 feel of 24-inch 
pipe in Dorchester; 1287 feet do. in Roxbury; 4ol5 
20-inch in .south Boston; 2993 feet 1 2-1 neb and 
2815 6-inch in Dorchester; with ten gates and 
twelve hydrants. 

Under the order for hiving a new- pipe across 
Chelsea, Creek to Kast 'Boston, a contract was 
in ole to lay the new pipe- and repair th" old one 
for >2i,0i)0.' The work is not yet completed. The 
leakage from the East Boston reservoir proves to 
be much less than was supposed; iusrea I of being 
a million gallons a day, if does not exceed gener- 
ally more than 100, O0i> gallons. 

The following is given as an approximate esti- 
mate of the average daily consumption of v. a t r 
by the city, not including I. ast Boston: 

•Tan |-2,. r ,ri,0H(l Radons I July 16.39.',UW gallons 

Feb i!.h'»:,(MiU " I Aug n.iOi.um 

March... 14,95i,O0U " I Sept IHWOOU 

April 14,t>97,WM '■ I Oct Li,5>N,niiil " 

May I3,7iti,0li0 " I Nov ll,57o,U0C 

Jane 13,7cJl,l)U0 " | Dec 14,1194,0611 

Average for whole year, 1 4, 943, POP. 
On the nrst day of .iaucai.y the ran- 

suuapMon was 1.5,56., OilO " 

On the I4th I4.ti.'7,i 0(1 

The total amount of water wasted at the cut- 
let dam during the year was 4.618,971,800 
Ions; equal to an average <JI 13,202,680 gallons per 

dav. or within less than a million and a half gaN 



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io,,s pci day of the amount actually used. It 
wmld have been impossible to have saved one- 
eighth of this amount, even with the dam raised 
two- 'feet higher; but enough would have i>een 
saved to have prevented the serious apprehen- 
sions which have been entertained of an inade- 
quate supply. 

.■statements are made in relation to seawalls at 
Deer Island, the Atlantic avenue sea wall, Atlan- 
tic avenue rilling, the extension Of Broadway, Fort 
( t ill, Berkeley an 4 Providence streets retaining 
walls, Suffolk Street District, &c. Ibe contractors 
for the bridge from Indiana place across the rail- 
road are to commence putting on the structure by 
the 1st May, or as soon as the abutments are 
ready, and to complete the work within thirty 
days. 

On the several bridges there have been expend- 
ed during the \ear as follows: Albany street 
bridge over Boxbury canal, .flit 5 8G; Dover street 
titers, $2077 50; and ordinary repairs $1729 80; 
Fedora I street, repairs $3041 39; Meridian street, 
$2091 76; Chelsea street, $4356; Hi nthrop bridge, 
$5824 44. Several plans have been made for rebuild- 
ing Neponset bridge, varying from $25,533 to 
$7500. The cost of repairs on Milton bridge are 
estimated at 10,500, and of Commercial street 
bridge at Commercial point at $5000 to $20,000. 
The cost of repairs on Milldam bridge amounted to 
$8821 60; Long wood avenue bridge, $3480 83. The 
amount paid on contract for rebuilding Mount 
Washington avenue bridge to Jan. 1, 1871, was 
$40,404. 

In relation to the other bridges, it is stated that 
some of them are iu good condition; the abut- 
ments of some of the railroad bridges have cracked 
badly, iron cramps are necessary in some cases, 
and painting is needed in others. A new ferry 
drop and tank have been built at the East Boston 
(new) ferry, better than any built hitherto. 

HEARING ON ORDER OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on petition of George A. Hentz for 
leave to put up and use a steam engine and boiler 
at the corner of Beach and Albany streets, was 
taken up. No person appeared in relation to the 
matter, aud the report was recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following ordeis were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order for Committee on Bridges to procure plans 
and estimates for widening Federal Street Bridge, 
in accordance with chapter 164, acts of 1869. 

Order to fit up a suitable room in the County 
Court House, recently occupied by riie Law 
Library, for the adjudication of equity cases by the 
Supreme Judicial Court. 

Order to pay Albert Bowker $3400 for grade dam- 
ages on Hanover street. 

Order to abate sidewalk bill of $24 87, laid on 
the Windsor Street Mission. 

Order to grade Guild street as far as Lambert 
avenue, at a cost of $1500. 

The report and order to establish free ferries on 
and after Mayl, 1871, on motion of Alderman 
Woolley, was laid on the table, to give further 
time for the consideration of the subject. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The request of the School Committee for further 
school accommodations in the Norcross District, 
and the petition of Charlotte E. Baker, were rt- 
ferred, in concurrence. 

The report of Committee on Public Buildings, on 
cost of sites for Engine House No. 4. was referred 
to Committee on the Fire Department, in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Order for Committee on the Fire Department to 
consider the expediency of locating Engine No. 4 
at north end of Court House. 

Order for Committee on Public Institutions to 
consider the expediency of removing the House of 
Correction to some island in the harbor. 

Order for Committee on Public. Buildings to con- 
sider the expediency of removing Police Station 
Nine to another locality. 

Order to pay H. W. Longfellow six hundred aud 
eighty-six dollars and seventy-five cents, for lith- 
ographing live hundred plans of Suffolk Street 
District. 

Order for Special Committee to consider the ex- 
pediency of purchasing Kainsford Island for a 
Home for Inebriates was considered. 

Alderman Plumer said he was unable to see 
any necessity for the passage of this order. There 
had been no petition for the establishment of such 



an institution, and if any action U »o be taken on 
the subject it should ne by the state. Ibe state 
owns tlic island referred to, and if such an institu- 
tion is to be established, it should '>e a State insti- 
tution. The city will be obliged to pay a large 
portion ot the expense, even if it is erected by the 
state. He moved that the order be laid on the 
table. 

Alderman Pierce said he agreed with the re- 
marks of the Alderman, that it belongs to the 
Common wealth to furnish asylums for inebriates 
as well as asylums for the insane, the city 
is obliged to pay forty-live iter cent, of the 
expenses of all tbe state institutions, and besides 
takes care of all its own insane. If such an in- 
stitution is established it should be under the con- 
trol of the Commonwealth. He hoped that tiie 
onler would be rejected, an. 1 not be laid on the 
table. 

Alderman Cowdin said he concurred also in the 
idea tint this Home should be a State institu- 
tion. We nave now the H ashingtoman Home, 
where inebriates go of their own free will and ac- 
cord 'and remain until they are able to take proper 
care of themselves. Drunkenness was a disease 
which grows upon a man until he becomes dis- 
eased mentally as well as hackly, ami there should 
be a State institution to which all such persons 
should be sent temporarily by the courts. There 
was now in circulation a petition to raise $100,000 
for a new building for the Washingtonian Home, 
one-half of which was asked for of the State. He 
did not doubt the present order was offered iu the 
Common Couin il from the best of motives, but 
should vote for laying it on the table. 

Alderman Pierce hoped it would be indefinitely 
postponed. 

Alderman Plumer withdrew his motion, when 
Alderman Pierce moved an indefinite postpone- 
ment of the order. In reference to the application 
on behalf of the Washingtonian Home, he did not 
doubt the State would do its par . appropriating 
the $50,000 asked on condition that the citizens 
would subscribe a like amount, which he had no 
doubt would be done. He trusted that the city 
would not continue to build up institutions for the 
Commonwealth, and pay their bills, wnile it was 
required to pay a large share of the expense of 
State institutions of the same class. It would be 
well to begin at this point, and if the institution is 
wanted, we shou'd go to the Commonwealth for it. 
It was wrong to inflict upon the city the expense 
of the support of institutions which were for the 
benefit ot the whole State. 

Alderman Cowdin said he concurred most fully 
in the remarks of the Alderman, and hoped that 
the subject referred to would be considered some 
time, as it was proper the city should be relieved 
of some portion of the expense it incurs for the 
insane. 

The motion to indefinitely postpone was carried. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

City Hall, March 6, 1871. 
To the Citji Council: 

The Committee on Finance, to whom was refer- 
red the request of the Commissioners of the Sink- 
ing Fund that an order be passed for the renewal 
of the Water Loan of $688,000, due April 1 1871, 
would recommend the passage of the accompany- 
ing order. For the Committee, 

\\\m. Gaston. Chairman. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer, under the direction 
of the Committee on Finance, be autnorized to re- 
issue the Water Works Loan of $088,000, becom- 
ing due in April, 1871. in accordance with the pro- 
visions of the second section of an ordinance in 
addition to the ordinance in relation to finance. 

The order was read twtce and passed. 

City Hall, March 6, IS71. 
To the City Council ; 

The Committee on Finance, to whom was le- 
ferred the report of the Committee <>n Paving, 
asking that the Auditor of Accounts be author- 
ized to transfer from the appropriation for Pav- 
ing the sum of $100,000. to be made a special ap- 
propriation for the settlement of grade damages on 
Devonshire street, Water street and Spring lane, 
would recommend the passage of the accompany- 
ing order, granting the request. With this report 
they also present an order to enable the Auditor of 
Accounts to close the accounts of this financial 
vear, terminating April 30, 1871. 
For the Committee, 

Wilmam Gaston, Chairman. 



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Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts be author- 
ized to transfer from the appropriations for Paving 
the sum of $100,000 to be made a special appropri- 
ation and called "Water Street Grade Damages," 
to be carried forward until a settlement of said 
claims has been made; aid amonut having been 
specally raised by taxation for that purpose. 

Ordered, that the Auditor of Accounts be arid 
he is hereby authorized to make such transfers of 
appropriations as to rnaue up deficiencies in those 
appropriations, and such others as may benecessa- 
ry in closing the business of this financial year, 
which terminates April JO, 1871. 

The orders were severally read twice and passed. 

Alderman White, from' the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
Post G. A. K. 32, to give dramatic exhibitions at 
Wain's Hall, .March 7-11: James a. Powers, to give 
a concert at .Mercantile Hall March 6; diaries 
Kingsley, to exhibit a natural eunosity at 104 
Washington street; James M. Wehli,to give a 
cone 'it at .Music Hall March 9-11 ; John O'Brien, 
to give a dramatic entertainment at Olympic Thea- 
tre March 17. Also licenses to ten uewsooys and 
one bootblack, and to sundry persons as victual- 
lers and innholders, to deal in lobsters, for inte.h- 
gence offices, jut k-oealers, wagon licenses and for 
transfer of wagon licenses. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor of the erection of stables, as fol- 
lows: J. M. & F. Jones, to occupy a building on 
Brookliue street; Henry Grimes, on Watti court; 
Charles D. Swain, a stable on Guild row; James 
McGovern, a stable on Adams street, near Codmau 
street, Ward 16; and leave to withdraw on peti- 
tion of Ciiarles O. Smith, to build a stable on Gobi 
street, between A and B streets. Severally ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from Committee on Paving, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Sus.iu 
D. Burroughs, to be paid fur grade damages to her 
estate on East Castle street by reason of change of 
grade. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
to wham was referred the petition of E. Sampson 
and others for the removal of a bar in the channel 
opposite Long and India wharves, made a report, 
that the bar is the result of the meeting of the cur- 
rents of Charles Kiver and|Fort Point Channel, and 
is the northerly end of the formation known as the 
"South Boston Flats;" and by the examinations 
and reports of the Harbor Commissioners, the bai- 
ls constantly increasing from natural causes, and 
there is no reason to suppose that the discharge 
of the sewer at Central wharf, which has been in 
full operation only six months, has had as yet any 
effect upon this 'hoal, 500 feet distant, and sepa- 
rated from it by a deep water channel. They there- 
fore recommend that the petition be transmitted 
to the Haruor Commissioners. Accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Public 
Lands, reported leave to withdraw severally on 
the petitions of Samuel S. Perkins and others, for 
the discontinuance of a portion of Newland street, 
near Upton street; and of A. S. Bemis, that the 
fee in the passageway in rear of his premises, in 
Walthain street, be conveyed to him. Severally 
accepted. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Com- 
mon and Puolic Grounds, on the petition of John 
B. Mulvey for leave to remove some trees from 
the sidewalk of Heath street, made a report recom- 
mending that the petitioner De allowed to remove, 
at his own expense, such trees as the superintend- 
ent of the Common may designate. Accepted. 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

Alderman Pierce, from the joint special com- 
mittee appointed to nominate suitable candidates 
for Overseers of the Poor, made a report recom- 
mending the election of the following named per- 
sons: Tnomas C. Aroory, Ira Allen. Samuel B 
Cruft, John O'Brien. 

The Board proceeded to an election, when 
Messrs. Amory, Allen and O'Brien received twelve 
votes each, Mr. Cruft eleven, and there wasone for 
Avery Plumer. The nominees of the committee 
were severally elected. 

COMMISSIONER OF CEDAR GROVE CEMETERY. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee appointed to nominate a candidate for 
Commissioner of Cedar Grove Cemetery, to serve 
for a period of rive years, in accordance with the 
provisions of chapter 68, of the acts of the year 
1868, made a report recommending the election of 
Henry J. Nazro, which was accepted. 



The Board proceeded to an election, and Mr. 
Nazro was chosen by an unanimous vote. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

Alderman Cowdin offered the following order: 
Ordered, That the Superintendent of Public 
Schools be requested to inform the City Council 
whether any reduction can properly be made in 
the expenditures for school purposes in this city, 
either bv reducing the number of school teachers 
hired by the School Committee, as suggested in 
his twenty-first senii-aimuat report, or providing 
less expensive school buildings. 

Alderman Cowdin stated in support of the or Icr 
that the Superintendent of Public Schools had 
made the statement in his annual report thai 
$100,000 can be saved in the support of the public 
schools. This was but an inquiry, and it was de- 
snable to know from him how it can be done. 

Alderman Kicker suggested that the proper 
reference would be to the Committee on Public 
Institutions, before whom theSuperintendent could 
give the information. 
The order was so referred. 
On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 
Ordered, That, there he allowed and paid to Com- 
pany A, First Battalion M. V. M., the sum of $500 
for repairs of armory at the corner of Cniou Park 
and Washington streets; said sum to be charged to 
the appropriation for Armories. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid as rent 
for the headquarters of the First, Battalion M. V. M. 
in Williams Hall, at the corner of Washington 
and Dover streets, the sum of $300 per annum, 
beginning on the first day of February, 1871, and 
continuing until otherwise ordered: said sum to 
be charged to the appropriation for Armories. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Citv Treasurer be directed to 
abate the sum of $84 assessed upon George Curtis 
for brick sidewalks on Albany street, said sum 
having been assessed in error. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Patrick Grealy 
the sum of $325, in full compensation for all 
damages caused to his estate No. 30 Trumbull 
street by the raising of grade of said street, as 
ordered by the Board or Aldermen, July 2ti, 1870, 
upon his proving his title to said estate, and giv- 
ing an acquittance and discharge for all damages, 
costs and expenses to himself and those holding 
leases under him, on account of the raising cf the 
grade of said street; said sum to be charged to the 
appropriation for Canton Street Grading. 

Ordered, i'hat the Superintendent of Streets be 
authorized to grant permission to F. H. Jenny to 
lay an iron pipe under and across First street from 
his factory, corner of K street, for the purpose of 
conveying oil from vessels to said faetory; pro- 
vided, that said F. F. Jenny shall first give to the 
city au agreement in writing satisfa"tory to the 
City Solicitor to save the city harmless from all 
damages, costs and expenses which may be occa- 
sioned by the laying of said pipe under said First 
street, and provided that said F. H. Jenny shall 
remove said pipe when ordered so to do by the 
Board of Aldermen. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That due notice be given to Edward 
Healey, that the proposed removal of his stable on 
Tremont street, between Boyl«ton street and Van 
Rensselaer place, cannot be accomplished without 
the permission of this Board. 

Ordered, l'hat the street recently opened to pub- 
lic travel from Warren street to Blue Hill avenue, 
through lands of Jonathan French and others, be 
hereaiter called and known as Gaston street. 

Ordered, That a further sum of $1500 be appro- 
priated lor constructing ar iron fence around 
Meeting House Hill, Ward 16, and grading said 
hid; said amount to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Common and Squares. 

Alderman Little, in support of the order, stated 
that the contract had been completed, and this 
was for the settlemeni of the cost of the fence. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Glenwood street, from Warren street to Cliff, 
street; also the owners and abutters on Cltffstreet 
from Shawmut avenue tt) Warren street ; also the 
owners and abutters on Ball street, from Washing- 
ton street to Shawniut avenue; also the owners 
and abutters on Providence street, to famish 
edgestones to support the sidewalk, within twenty 
days. 

on motion of Alderman Gibson, 



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ordered. That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings >»■ authorized to contract with William Bay- 
ward lor doing the masonry of the primary a shool- 
houBe, Sburtleff District, he being the lowest bid- 
der there tor. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That there be paid '•<> Julia Tracy and 
Julia Tracy, guardian, the muu of $7279 for land 
taken in the name of the heirs of Michael Cracy, 
and all damages occasioned their estate number G4 
Kingston street by the widening of that street by 
a resolve approved Dec. 30, 1870, conditioned upon 
discharge of the city from all damages, costs and 
expenses in consequence ol said taking: to be 
charged to the Kingston Stree; Extension Loan. 

Alderman White offered the following order : 

Ordered, That the .)<iint .Standing Committee 
on streets lie directed to confer with the President 
ana Director;, of the Boston & Providence Railroad 
Company, and ascertain the terms upon which the 
required amount of property can he purchased of 
that corporation for the extension of Columbus 
avenue to Park square. 

Alderman Pierce said it must be evident to ev 
ery one that the question of the termination f 
Columbus avenue >,hould he settled as soon as an 
be, and that the interests of both parties ar iden- 
tical in desiring a settlement. 

Alderman Pone stated that the Street commis- 
sioners, three weeks ago, received a communica- 
tion from the President of the Boston & Providence 
Railroad Company, in relation to this subject, and 
he understood the Commissioners had an appoint- 
ment with biin in relation to it. He thought it 
would be better to have the Commissioners work 
it up and present the conditions to this Board. 
The President is anxious to do something in rela- 
tion to it. 

Alderman Pierce said the Street Commissioners 
ha>e no power or authority to act in such a mat- 
ter. They have power to layout streets, but no 
power to purchase or sell land. The order prop- 
erly contemplates action by the Committee on 
Streets. 

Alderman Pope said he could not see why the 
street Commissioners could not ascertain the 
prices: they caunot, it is true, negotiate a settle- 
ment, for they must come to the City Council on all 
expenditures above $25,000. 

Alderman Pierce said that the Commissioners 
ou street expenditures must come to the City 
Council for all sums over $25,000, and may lay our. 
streets; but in this ease, we want to take' land 
outside of the stieets. The Commissioners have 
no power to adjudicate in such a matter. 

Alderman Plumer inquired if the corporation 
had signified any desire to make a settlement. 

Alderman Pierce replied that they bad. 

Alderman Plumer said the city offered a large 



sum lor the propert] required. and he bel 
corporation made a great in. stake in not taking un 
with if. Under the circumstances he preferred 
that the railroad corporation should come to u-. 
tor the city had offered all if was worth and a 

Alderman Cowdin said they came to within 
S25.00Q of consummating the bargain last 
and he did not believe so mall a matter would 
prevent a sett oog. 

The onier w;.s passed. 

on motion of Alderman Pope, 

ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to Contract With 
Messrs. Colby & frumbuli, the lowest bidders, 
building a granite retaining wail on Indiana place, 
between I rcinont street and Siian unit avenw 
tended, the expense ol said work, on the approxi- 
mate estimate oT the Oity Bngiiieer, being $35,- 
23G 95; the amount payable under .in- contract to 
be charged to the appropriation tor the Suffolk 
street District. 

Alderman Cow tin inquired whether the railroad 
corporation was not required to build an abut- 
ment wall, as be supposed the wall now there, a 
part of widen had fallen uown. was put up bv the 
i orporation, and whether it would do any harm to 
let the matter lie over? 

Alderman Pope said i irafole thai th 

should be no, delay in the work. The wall to In- 
built must be ten feet higher than the present 
wall, and heavier, in order to hold Up the Idling of 
the street, and new piles must be driven for its 
foundation. 

The order was passed. 

Ordered, That Aldermen Talbot and Kicker, with 
such as the Common Council may join, be a com- 
mittee to nominate candidates for Consulting 
Physicians. 

On monou of Alderman Little, 

An order was passed fox the abatement of a nui- 
sance in a house in the rear of Pleasant s' 

On motion of Alderman White, 

An order was passed requiring the heirs of Jacob 
Kendall, and all other persons interested, to re- 
move all obstructions projecting over the lines of 
said Hamilton Street, as established by resolve of 
duly 23, 1869, on or before the first day of May next 
ensuing. 

OKDKES OF NOTICE. 

On the petidon of John G. Day. for leave to erect 
a steam engine and boiler a", the corner Of Hamp- 
den street' and Perrv court. Hearing Monday, 
.March 27, 4 P. M. 

On the petition of George G. Morris, for leave to 
erect and use a steam boiler an;! engine at the 
corner of F and Third streets. Hearing Monday 
Marcn 21, 4 P. M. 

Adjourned. 



COMMON COUNCIL 



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CITY JOF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 9, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 1%. o'clock, 
Matthias Kich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Elizabeth Freeman, Thomas J. 
Whidden, Samuel W. VV'inslow, heirs of .Mrs. P. 
-Stevens, Thuyer Brothers, and remonstrance of 
Winslow Lewis and others, were severally referred, 
in concurrence. 

The anuual report of the City Engineer and the 
Auditor's monthly exhibit were ordered to be 
placed on tile. 

The following reports were accepted, in concur- 
rence: 

Keport (leave to withdraw) on petition of S. S. 
Perkins and others for the discontinuance of a 
portion of Newland street. 

Keport (leave to witndriw)on peticion of A. S. 
Bemis, that the fee in the passageway in rear of 
his premises on Waltham street be conveyed to 
him. 

the message from the Mayor transmitting a let- 
ter from the executors under the will of the late 
Oeorge Ticknor. inclosing the ninth article of the 
will, by which it appears that a munificent bequest 
has been made t-> the city, of books, manuscripts 
and money, and that Mrs. Anna Ticknor desires to 
relinquish the right to retain the same, was refer- 
red, in concurrence. 

The report nominating and confirmation of in- 
spectors of lime, cullers of hoops and staves, field 
drivers and pound- keepers, and fence-viewers, 
was taken up. 

Mr. Kyan of Ward 13 stated that Matthew R. 
Clark, one of the field-drivers appointed, was not 
living. 

The several appointments were confirmed in 
concurrence, with the exception of Mr. Clark's. 

The reports nominating a Commissionerof Cedar 
Grove Cemetery, and nominating Overseers of 
Poor, with the certificates of elections, were read, 
and the elections were laid over. 

Messrs. Kowe of Ward 10, Foye of Ward 5 and 
Pease of Ward 1 were joined to the Committee to 
Nominate Consulting Physicians. 

The order requesting the Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Schools to inform the City Council whether any 
reduction can properly be made in the exi endi- 
tures for school purposes in this ciiy was reftrred 
in concurrence. 

The lollo wing order was read twice and passed : 

Order for Committee on Streets to confer with 
the President and Directors of the Providence 
Railroad Company, and ascertain the terms on 
which the required amount of their property can 
be purchased for the extension of Columbus ave- 
nue to Park square. 

The following orders were severally read once 
and laid over: 

Order that $1500 be appropriated for the con- 
struction of an iron fence around, and for grading 
Meeting-House Hill in Ward 16. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
Colby & Trumbull, the lowest bidders, for build- 
ing a granite retaiuing-wall on Indiana p'ace and 
between Tremont street and shawmut avenue ex- 
tended; the approximate estimate being $35,- 
236 95. 

Order to pay company A. First Battalion M. V. 
M., .f500 for repairs of armory at corner of Union 
Park and Washington streets. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
William Sayward ror the mason work of the pri- 
mary schoolhouse in the Shurtleff District, he 
being the lowest bidder. 

Order to pay as rent for the headquarters of the 
First Battalion M. V. M., in Williams Hall, cor 
ner of Washington and Dover streets, 1300 per 
annum. 

Keport and orders authorizing the transfer of 
$100,000 from the appropriation for Paving, to be 
made a special appropriation to be called "Water 
.Street Grade Damage's;" and authorizing such 
other transfers of appropriations as may be neces- 
sary to close the business of the financial year. 



Keport and order authorizing the Treasurer to re- 
issue the Water VV orks Loan of $688,000, due in 
April nexr, in accordance with the provisions of 
the Ordinance in addition to the ordinance m re- 
lation toFinance.- ■ 

The recommitment of theSalary bill to tlve Com- 
mittee on Salaries was concurreu in. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read at second 
time and passed: 

Order to complete repairs on Engine House 16, 
at a cost of $1100. . 

Order that the floor ol" the lower hall in the Pub- 
He Library Building be repaiied, and a closet be 
made in the upper hall thereof. . ' 

Order approving as suitable the armory of Com- 
pany D, First Battalion of Infantry M. V. M., in 
Williams Hall, and that a rent of *600 be paid an- 
nually till otherwise ordered. I i 

Order approving as suitable the armory of Com- 
pany B, First Battalion of Infantry .Vl.'V. M., in 
Williams Hall, and that a rent of $600 be paid an- 
nually till otherwise ordered. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The report nominating twenty-two First Assist- 
ant Assessors, was accepted, when the election 
was taken up, and the Chair read a communication 
from Joseph F. Huntress declining election as an 
Assistant Assessor, having been chosen by the 
Board of Aldermen. Messrs. Bicknell of Ward 4, 
Barnes of Ward 1, and Niles of Ward 6 were 
chosen a committee to receive ^nd count the votes, 
The committee reported as follows. 

Whole number of votes i ...60 

Necessary to a choice ...31 

William J. Ellis S« 

Benjamin F. Palmer ! 59 

Abel B. Munroe 59 

Michael Carney 51 

Artemas R. Holden :\i 

JohnBrown .-. „• 59 

John M. Maguire 57 

O tis Bic h 60 

James Dennie .. 43 

J eremiah Sullivan '26 

Joseph L. Dre w .'. .51 

Edward F. Robinson 60 

Joseph F. Huntress 8 

George F. Williams ...Ho 

Edwin B. Spinney 57 

William W. Nichols 25 

George F. Davis 51 

L. Foster Morse .. .59 

George B. Faunce 60 

Wi lliam Wit hin*ton .... 60 

Michael J. Croak 34 

Joseph T. Swan .At 

Wm. Gallagher 39 

S. A. Staskpole S3 

P. Ambrose Young 36 

Theophilus Burr 36 

A. G. Wyman 34 

A. D. Oapen 21 

James Perkins , 14 

John G.Davis 13 

Chailes E. Jackson, 8; S. Parkman Blake, George W. 

Decatur, 6 each; Charles Smith, 3; James H. Up- 

ham, 2; John T. Pdnce, Wm. Perkins, 1 each. 

The committee reported that there were three 

ballots which contained twenty-three names on 

each, and which were not counted. 

Messrs. Kllis, Palmer, Munroe, Carney, Brown, 
Maguire, Rich, Dennie, Drew, Robinson, Wil- 
liams, Spinney, Davis, Morse, Faunce, Withing- 
ton and Swan were declared to be elected, in con- 
currence, and Messrs. Gallagher, Young, Stack- 
pole and Burr, in non-concurrence, and for the re- 
maining one there were three haviiiK a sufficient 
number of votes. Messrs. Croak and Wyman hav- 
ing the same number of votes, the Chair declared 
that there was no choice of the remaining asses- 
sor. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 5 raised the question of order 
that Mr. Croak having the requisite number of 
votes and having been elected by the other branch , 
should be considered as elected. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved that the Council 
again proceed to ballot to fill the vacancy. 
Mr. Flynn further urged his point of order. 
The Chair ruled that two persons having the 
same number of votes, neither of them could be 
elected, when there was a call for but one. 
Another ballot resulted as follows : 

Whole number of votes 59 

Necessary to a choice 30 

Abraham G. Wyman 27 

M.J. Croak 22 

A. R. Holden D 

Jeremiah Sullivan 1 



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On the third ballot the result was as follows: 

Whole number of votes 68 

I«i eceseary to a choice :i 

Abraham (i. Wvman M 

M.J. (.' 1 oak is 

A. R. Ilolden 7 

C. E. Jaekj-on I 

Mr. Wyinan was declared to be elected, in non- 
concnrrence. 

The order concerning the expediency of erect- 
ing a suitable structure to accommodate the in- 
creasing demands of the House of Correction, or 
of making such extensive alterations of the pres- 
ent building as will render the same adequate to 
the safe keeping and employment of the prison- 
ers; and for plans and estimates for both projects, 
and an appropriation of $5U00 therefor coming up 
on its passage, 

Mr. llersey of Ward 12 moved its reference to 
Hie Committee on Tublic Institutions, as the most 
suitable disposition of it, that committee having 
under consideration an order adopted at the last 
meeting of the Council. When the question was 
considered of the reuaovalof the House of Correc- 
tion, it was not desirable to lay out so much money 
for plans ns was proposed. 

Mi'. Saywnrd of Ward 16 said it was evident 
something must be done temporarily to relieve the 
wants of that institution at toe present time. The 
appropriation for plans seem to be large, but the 
Board of Directors do not mean of nece isity to 
sped the proposed sum of money. They wish to 
have plans made to show what is necessary to be 
done, but the order does not say where the House 
of Correction shall be located. To refer to the 
committee proposed would only delay what should 
be done right away. It not needed for the plans, 
the amount can be properly taken care of by the 
Diiectors; but if only $2000 or #3000 shall be grant- 
ed, it might become necessary to come again to the 
Council for an additional sum. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said Mie amount proposed 
was large in procuring plans for buildings wheie 
they were not wanted. An order was now pend- 
ing concerning che removal of the institution, and 
it would be poor economy to procure plans for 
buildings before it is known where they are to be 
located. No architect could make such plans as 
would be required without knowing where the 
buildings were to ne erected. 

The motiou to refer lo the Committee on Public 
Institutions was carried. 

An ordinance to amend an ordinance in relation 
to public institutions, (printed City Document No. 
16, 1ST!) was considered. 

The question was stated to be on the motiou of 
Mr.Vannevar of Ward 8, to amend the ordinance 
by striking out all alter the word "price," in the 
fourth line, providing that no member of the 
Board, either directly or indirectly, for himself 
personally, or in trust for any other person, shall 
have any pecuniary interest, in furnishing 
supplies for the institutions, or in any contract lor 
the same. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said the effect of the 
amendment would be this, that members of the 
Board of Directors would be able to contract 
with themselves, except so far as it was prohibited 
b.V any other provision of the ordinances, as 0"> 
page 137, which provio.es that no member of the 
City Couucil, or of any board, shall be interested 
in any contracts or agreements, etc., unless the 
same be authorized by some ordinance or order of 
the City Council. 

If the object was to allow members to make con- 
tracts with themselves or with members of the 
City Council, the object will not be accomplished. 
The Directors will say in accordance with che 
amendment wished by them in not being obliged 
to advertise, that they must purchase the goods or 
supplies at once, you are under the disabilities 
of the ordinance, which requires an ort'er, and we 
can have nothing to do with you. he believed 
that this was but an entering wedge, and if car- 
ried, that the other restrictions would then be re- 
moved, provided era page 137. Such kind of truck 
and dicker of members of the City Council was ob- 
jectionable. 

It was not desirable that members of the Board 
of Public Institutions should buy of themselves, 
and the provision as it stands now is wise and 
judicious. The amendments asked lor by the 
Board, that they mav make purchases without ad- 
vertising, may be adopted ; but it is desirable that 
I be other provisions should stand. He would not. 
put in the way of the Board any f ucb temptations 
as the pioposed amendments would do, anil he 



hoped it would be rejected. The amendment was 
carried by a vote of 34 to 13. 

Mr. Dickinson oi Ward 11 said it was unfortu- 
nate that ibis subject came up late in the evening, 
as it had befoie, when the Council was not full. 
As amended, he was opposed to the ordinance, as 
it defeats the good object which was had in view 
by the amended ordinance. As it is, lit believed 
it would be better to let the ordinance stand with- 
out amendment. Ihe clause, which it was asked 
by the Board to strike out, has been inoperative, 
f'-r years, and it would be better to have it remain 
as it is than to repeal the wise and proper provi- 
sions with respect to the members having a pecu- 
niary interest in furnishing supplies. 

Within a fortnight a prominent citizen had been 
before a committee of the Legislature to urge an 
amendment to the oily charter for the appoint- 
ment of the Auditor and Assessors, and for a lon- 
ger term of their offices; also for a provision to 
make it penal for a member of the City Govern- 
ment to have an interest in contracts or in fur- 
nishing supplies. The committee gave him leave to 
withdraw for the reason that we have these restric- 
tions in the city ordinances; and it was not neces- 
sary to put such a provision in the city charter. 
Should the Council pass this amended ordinance, 
that_committee might wish to reconsider then-ac- 
tion." As the Board wished, he was in favor of the 
amended ordinance, but should now vote against 
it. 

Mr. Webster of Ward 6 said this subject was im- 
portant, and as it was l-\te in the evening be wish- 
ed for more time for its consideration, and would 
move an adjournmei t. 

The Cbair suggested that, there were papers on 
the table desirable to put in, when the motion was 
modified to that of laying the ordinance on the ta- 
ble, which was carried by a vote of 30 to 17. 

AUDITOR'S ESTIMATES. 

The Auditor's estimates for the financial year 
1871-72 were laid before the Council in print. The 
Auditor says, in presenting his estimates for tiie 
money which will be necessary to carry on the 
Government of the citv for the coming financial 
year, it gives him pleasure to say, that taking the 
valuation of the real and personal property of the 
city at the same figures as it was last year, the 
amount to be raised by taxation this year will be 
accomplished with a reduction of the rate from 
$15 30 to $14 on each one thousand dollars. 

The ordinance^ addition to the ordinance on Fi- 
nance, passed by the City Council December 24, 1870, 
created a Board of Sinking Fund Commissioners 
for the payment or reduction of thft city debt; 
and said Board was organized February i.j, 1871, 
consisting of Mayor William Gaston (Chairman); 
City Treasurer, P. L'. Tracy; Auditor of Accounts, 
Alfred T. Turner (Secretary); Alderman Henry L. 
Pierce of the Joint Committee on Accounts, 
Councilman William Pope of the Committee on 
Finance, on the part of the City Council; .Newt m 
Talbot and John O. Poor from the citizens at laige. 
In accordance with the terms of Section ten of 
said ordinance, said commissioners have de- 
cided that the present sinking funds for the re- 
demption of the outstanding citv debt, which 
debt amounts to $23,964,500 91. will, with their 
accumulations, be sufficient to meet the payment 
of the same at maturity ; therefore that no taxa- 
tion upon tbe said dent will be necessary, and have 
iuformed the City Council to that, effect. 

The taxation oh loans passed by the City Coun- 
cil not included m the above, amounting to "$2,900,- 
000,will,as required by section two of said ordinance, 
be $77,626. The amount taxed last year was -~719,- 
000; difference in favor of the tax-paver, $641,375. 

The sinking funds take caie of the principal of 
the city debt,— the interest thereon and the pre- 
mium on gold, in which a part is paid, is taxed an- 
nually. The total amount asked for, interest and 
premium, is $1,838,000. 

The debt sinking funds which were necessary to 
secure the payment of the debt as it matured, and 
at the same time maintain our credit m the money 
market, have been secured without placing too 
heavy a burden upon the tax-payer; and now he 
will enjoy the satisfaction of having secured the 
payment of the debt and the alternative of being 
relieved of taxation when called upon to meet the 
necessary expenses of governing a great munici- 
pality, and adopting measures to promote its fu- 
ture growth. 

Several of the revenue items have been in- 
creased, and notwithstanding the loss of $145,000 
in the revenue column, as compared with last year, 



MARCH 9, 18 7 1 



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on account of the recommendation of the Com- 
mittee on Knst Boston Ferries, that no estimate be 
made this year for revenue trom tolls on said fer- 
ries, the total amount oc estimated revenue is in- 
creased 915,650. 

The estimated expenditures for 1871-72 are $11,594,449 00 
The estimated income for 1ST I 12 are 1,937,205 01) 



Leaving the excess over income to be met 
by taxation $7 ,617,23s CO 

To which add three per cent, for the 
amount of taxes which will not be paid 
into the treasury during the financial 
year 228,517 00 

We have a total, which in the judgment of 
I he Auditor of Accounts should be the 
gross tax of 1871, say $7,845,755 00 

The following; comparison shows that the amount 
to 1 e raised by taxation this year is decreased over 
that of 1870: 



Tax of 1S70 

Estimated, tax of 1871, 

Decrease in 1871 . 



$8,636,862 00 

7,345,755 00 

" $791,107 00 

'lhe following table will show the appropriations 
made for 1870, compared with the estimates lor the 
financial year of 1871-72, showing the increase and 
decrease of each : 

Estimated Inc'se Dec'se 

1371-72. over last f 'm last 

vear. year. 

Advertising 84,000 $3,000 

Annuities 800 

Armories 25,000 5,000 

Hi Us and clocks 3,800 BOO 

Boston harbor 10,000 

brides 27,UH0 .... $4000 

Cemeteries 14,2110 400 

Chestnut Hill driveway 5,000 

Citydebt 77,ii'?5 .... 641,375 

City Hospital 110,600 10,600 

Common, public sq'res, etc. H,S50 12,850 

County of Suffolk 275,000 5,000 

Deal born Schoolhouse 40,000 

East Boston Ferries 208.500 38.500 

Engineer's Department.... 18,000 3,000 

Fire-alarm Department 33.713 18,246 

V ire Department 359,310 25,419 

Girls' Illgh and Normal 

Sclroolhouse... .... .... 60,000 

Grammar Schoolhouse, 

Ward 1 22,000 

Grammar Schoolhouse, 

Ward 14 22,000 

Health Department 372,000 72,000 

High Schoolhouse, Dor- 
chester .... .... 45,000 

Interest and premium 1,252,000 180,000 

Incidental expenses 100,000 .... 

Lamps 360,000 35,t'00 

Markets 10,500 8U» 

Militia bounty 50.000 

Mount Hope Cemetery 16,000 

Overseers of the Poor 67,' 00 2.200 

Old claims 1,500 

Paving, grading and repairs 

of streets 1,0011,000 

Police 607,500 32,500 

Printing and siationery 35,000 

Public baths 37,000 4,500 

Public buildings 95,000 .... 5,000 

Public institutions, viz : 

Bouse of Industry 146,500 3,100 

House of Correction 90,000 

Lunatic Hospital 73,000 

Introducing water and new 

boilers, Deer Island 6,000 

SteamnoafH. Morrison".. 13,000 .... 2,000 
Repairing steamboat "H. 

Morrison" ... 7,000 

Pauper expenses 17,000 3,000 

Quarantine Department L.50O 4,500 

Office expenses 7,S00 500 .... 

Receiving house, Deer Is- 
land 12,000 12,000 

New workshop. Deer Is- 
land 10,000 10,000 

Laying water pipe, Deer 

Island 8.000 8,000 

Public lands 10,000 .... 2,000 

Public library 67,000 2,000 

Reserved fund 300,000 

Salaries 137,000 7.000 

Schools and schoolhouses, 
viz: 

School instructors 901,700 101.700 

Schoolhouses, public build- 
ings 240,000 10,000 

School expenses — School 

Committee 67,000 8,000 

Salaries officers — School 

Committee 22,500 500 

Sealers of weights and 

measures 9,565 2,445 

Sewers and drains 100,000 



2,500 

65,000 
43,800 



Sinking Fund Commission- 
ers 2,500 

State tax 53,3.775 

Surveyor's department 34,t)l)o 

Unliquidated street claims 65,(00 

War expens as 500 

Water works 274,000 

Water works, interest and 

premium 5<b',fl00 

Widening streets 150,00'J 

Total $9,554,443 $712,514 $1,464,929 

Total decrease of estimated appropriations 

for 1871-72. ..,:.... $1,464,9-29 

Total increase of estimated appropriations for 

1x71-72 712,514 



298,Si'8 
4,000 

1.500 



253,000 



Net decrease of estimated appropriations 
for 1871-72 



752,415 



Income. 

Estimated Income 1S71-72 $12137,205 

•' 1870-71 1,921,555 



Increase 1371-72 815,650 

Percentage of Taxes. 
3 per cent, on amount required ($8,385,303) in 

1870-71 $251,559 

3 per cent, on amount required ($7,617,233) in 

1871-72 223,517 

Decrease in 1871-72 $23,042 

liecapilulation. 

Net decrease of appropriations in l87l-"2 $752,415 

Add increase of revenue in 1S71-72 15,050 

Add decrease of percentage on taxes 1^71-72.. 23,042 

Total decrease of tax for 1871-72, as previously 

stated $791 ,107 

During the present financial year, the original 
appropriation lor Fire Department was increased 
.$50,000; East Huston Femes, $50,000; Citv Hos- 
pital, SJ3000; Sewers and Drains, 925,000; Advertis- 
ing, ?2000; and .Sealers of Weiaiits ann .Measures, 
83500, by transfer from the Reserved Fund. The 
attention of the City Council is called to the 
accompanying communications which I have re- 
ceived I'ro in the several boards, departments and 
committees, giving in detail the items which' com- 
pose the totals of the respective amounts asked for 
hy them , represented to me as being based respect- 
ively upon their actual wants. The largest increase 
for any one department is for School Instructors, 
of $101,700. 
All of which is most respectfully submitted. 
Alfred T. Turner, 

Auditor of Accounts. 
Referred to the Committee on Finance, with such 
as the Board of Aldermen may join. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Squires, from the Joint Special Committee on 
the Suffolk Street District, made a report, in 
which they represent that under the general or- 
der relating to the improvements on that district, 
passed July 13, 1870, they are restricted in the ex- 
penditure of money for any purpose exceeding the 
sum of #200, without a special vote of the City 
Council. This restriction hampers the operations of 
the committee to such au extent that they feel it 
to be their duty to ask for authority to exercise a 
lartcer discretion. 

The improvements on the Church Street Dis- 
trict, costing over a million dollars, were carried 
oat by a special committee of five members of the 
City Council, whose authority was subject only to 
the approval of the Mayor. All committees ol the 
Board of Aldermen on departments having appro- 
priations have general authority to spend $500, 
without obtairing the special sanction of the body 
from which they are appointed. The extent and 
character of the work in which the city is engaged 
makes it peculiarly necessary that they should be 
authorized to act promptly iii many cases. It not 
unfrequently happens that the expenditure 
of a few hundred dollars in the construc- 
tion of a wall, or the repairs of a building 
will enable the committee to proceed in the pros- 
ecution of a much more important work where 
delay would be attended with great expense to 
the city. 

The committee do not ask, nor do they desire, 
such powers as the Committee on the Church 
Street District were authorized to exercise; but 
they believe it would be for the city's interest to 
grant them authority to expend in their discretion 
a sum not exceeding .$1000 for any one object ; and 
for that purpose they respectfully recommend the 
passage of the accompanying order: 



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Ordered. That the Joint Special Committee on 
the Suffolk Street District be authorized to expend, 
from time to time from the loans for the improve- 
ment of said district, sums not exceeding one 
thousand dollars for any one object connected 
with said improvement. 

The order was read once. 

The folio wine orders from the same committee 
were severally read once and laid over: 

Ordered, That there he allowed and paid to the 
heirs of George Kimball, for estate numbered 64 
Oiange street, the sum of $4500, upon their giving 
to the city a deed of said estate, or a release and 
discharge, satisfactory to the City Solicitor, for all 
damages, costs and expenses in consequence of 
the taking of said estate; said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for Suffolk Street District. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Mrs. 
l.ydia A. McOinley, for estate No. 1 Hingbam 
street, the sum of $4000, upon her giving to the 
citv a deed of said estate, or a release and dis- 
charge satisfactoiy to the City Solicitor, for all 
damages, costs and expenses in consequence of 
the taking of said estate said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for the the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Mrs- 
Julia Conery, assignee of Jatrus A. Frost, former 
owner of estate Mo. 38 Porter street, the sum of 
$4800,with interest at the rate of six per cent, from 
the time said estate was taken until the payment 
or said sum, in consideration of her giving to the 
cicy a deed of said estate, or a release and dis- 
charge satisfactory to the City solicitor, for all 
damages, costs and expenses in consequence of 
the taking of said estate; said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict. 

Mr. Ayer of Ward 14, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Instruction, to whom was 
referrred the request of the School Committee 
that accommodations be provided for two classes 
of grammar scholars in the basement of the E 
Street Church, Norcross District, made a report 
recommending the passage of the accompanying 
order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to furnish suitable accommo- 
dations for two classes of grammar scholars in the 



basement of the K Street Churcb, Sonth Boston, 
the expense to be charged to the appropriation for 
Orammer Schools, Public Buildings. 
The order was read twice and passed. 

ORDER PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Woods of Ward 12, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Fire Alarms be 
requested to consider and report upon the expedi- 
ency of placing a fire-alarm bell on the engine 
house at the corner of Dorchester strf.e. and 
Fourth street. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

W. E. L'nderwood, for leave to place bay win- 
dows and an open porch on his building corner of 
Newton street and Harrison avenue. Referred to 
Committee on Public Lands. 

A communication was presented from Henry 
Lee, stating that he was mislead by partial state- 
ments and signed a petition to the Board for a new 
avenue across Charles River from Cambridge to 
Boston. He was now strongly opposed to the pro- 
ject and desired to erase his "name from the peti- 
tion. John H. Reed appends the desire to make 
the same request and statement as made by Mr. 
I.ee. 

A petition was presented from the Washingto- 
nian Inebriates' Keform Association. 1571 Wash- 
ington street, in which they set forth their object 
as follows: 

The objects of the association are to reform the 
inebriate, whether high or low, rich or poor, with- 
out charge directly to the parties or their families, 
and to tender its good offices at the courtroom 
(when desirable) in cases of drunkenness, and to 
practically carry out the principles of moral sua- 
sion. Depending entirely upou donations to bring 
about these desirable results, and with which to 
pay the expenses incident thereto, and believing 
that a better investment of the public funds can- 
not be made, they respectfully request the pas- 
sage of the following order: 

Ordered, That the sum of $5000 be and the same 
is hereby appropriated to the Washingtonian Ine- 
briates' Reform Association, to be paid to the 
Treasurer thereof. 

Mr. Roberts of Ward 11 moved the reference of 
the petition and order to a special committee. 

The motion was lost. 

Adjourned. 



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HOARD OF ALDEKM E N 



CITY OF BOSTON, 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 13, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Al- 
derman Jenkins. Chairman, presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MA1)K AND CONFIRMED. 

Constable— H"iiry 11. Hunter. 

Hay Weigher* in Dorchester— J. 1. Dairy mple, 

E. W. Harding. C. A. Uphaui, A. .1. Wheeler, Eb- 
enezer Curtis, ('. E. Stevenson, Aaron Bradshaw. 

Truant officers— Chase Cole, (chief officer,) Kd- 
ward G. Richardson, George M. Felch, Phmcas 
Bates, Charles R. Turner, Abraham M. Leavitt, 
Samuel Mcintosh, James P. Leeds, Jeremiah M. 
Swett, Edward V. Mecuen. 

The appointment ot Charles 13, Davis, Jr., as 
Mayor's Clerk, was read and sent down. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Adeline Nichols, for damages for raising the 
grade of West Canton street. 

Frank M. Blodgett, to be paid for grade dam- 
ages on Trumbull street 

Aaron H. Bean and others, that sidewalks be 
laid on Woodbine street. 

•I. L. Simonds, for abatement of a sidewalk as 
sessment on Suffolk street. 

James Scales, to be paid for grade damages on 
West Canton street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Frank Knowles, for leave to give a concert, etc., 
at Sumner Hall, .March 13, 1871. 

Referred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Cattle Commissioners, on methods of preventing 
cattle disease. 

C. Tilden, Jr., for leave to use a building at Nc. 
67 Warren street as a stable. 

Benjamin Jones, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in this citj . 

Leander ri. Jones, for leave to sprinkie certain 
streets of this city. 

G. H. Moseley, for leave to sprinkle certain 
sfreets in this city. 

Ephraim D. Emerson, for leave to erect a stable 
in rear of No. 138 I street. 

Samuel Ford, for leave to sprinkle Washington 
and other streets. 

J. H.Tuttle and others, that the location of a 
hospital in Burroughs place may be prohibited. 

Smith & Walker, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in this city. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

Heirs of A.A.Gould, for apportionment of Boyls- 
ton street betterments. 

Bradley Royce, for apportionment of Eliot street 
betterments. 

Children's Mission to Children of the Destitute, 
for abatement ol their Tremont street better- 
ments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

F. J. & S. L. Ward, for leave to remove beach 
gravel from a portion of Spectacle Island. Re- 
ferred to Committee on Harbor, on the part of the 
Board. 

Mary E. Browning, for abatement of assessment 
for a sewer in Centre street. 

Henry W. Dutton & Son, that the Milk street 
sewer may be lowered. 

Severally refeired to the Committee on Sewers. 

l'olice Relief Association, tor leave to apply to 
the Legislature for a charter. Referred to the 
Committee on Police. 

GUT OF A PORTRAIT OF HON. ANSON BURLINGAME. 

City Hall, March 13, 1871. 
To the City Council: 

Gentlemen— I have received from Hon. Nath'l 
B. Shurtleff and Joseph F. I'aul, a letter, which I 
transmit herewith, in which in nelialf of seveial 
gentlemen ot Boston and its immediate vicinity, 
they present to the city a portrait of the late Anson 
Burlingame. I respectfully recommend the City 
Council to accept the gift, and to cause the por- 
trait to be placed in some conspicuous position, 
worthy of the name and fame ot the distinguished 
statesman of whom it is so excellent and faithful 
a pn tare. Wm. GASTON, Mayor. 



Boston. March 13, 1871. 
To His Honor Wm. Gaston, Mayor of Boston : 

Sir— The undersigned, in behalf of several gen- 
tlemen ot this city and immediate vicinity, have 
the honor to present to the city of Boston an ex- 
cellent portrait, painted by Bicknell, of the late 
LUSOD Burlingame, who for many years represent- 
ed the northern wards of the city in the Congress 
of the United States, and who recently died while 
Ambassador from China to the United States and 
the European powers, for purposes which prom- 
ised much good to the whole civilized world; and 
we resoectfully request that the same may h& 
placed in some conspicuous position, where it may 
remind our citizens of one who by honorable 
works and faithful endeavors, ait lined high con- 
sideration. Nath'l B. Shurtleff, 
Jos. F. I'aul. 
Referred to Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Ordered, That there be paid to L>. B. MeClena- 
thau wL'0'2 10, for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the laying out, widening and extension 
of Cliff street; to be charged to the appropriation 
for Laying Out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Napier Lothian 
$89 20, for land taken and lamages occasioned by 
the laying out, widening and extension of Cliff 
street, to be charged to the appropriation lor Lay- 
ing Out and Widening Streets. 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 
Public Lands be directed to sell by public auction 
the lot of land belonging to the city on West Can- 
ten street and Yarmouth street, west of Columbus 
avenue, as shown upon a plan accompanying this 
order, and connected with the report of the Com- 
mittee on Laying Out and Widening Streets, being 
City Document No. 79 of 1868. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with 
Messrs. Colby & Trumbull, the lowest bidders, for 
building a granite retaining-wall on Indiana place, 
between Tremont street and Shawmut avenue ex- 
tended, the expense of said work, on the approxi- 
mate estimate of the City Engineer, being $35,- 
236 95; the amount payable under the contract to 
be charged to the appropriation for the Suffolk 
Street District. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petition of \V. E. Underwood was referred 
in concurrence. 

Aldermen Pierce, Gibson, Little, Pluuier and 
Riclter were joined to the Committee on the Audi- 
tor's Estimates for the financial year 1871-72. 

Alderman Ricker presented a communication 
from the Superintendent of Lamps, stating that in 
a new contract with the Boston Gas Light Compa- 
ny, from a diminution of the price of gas, a re- 
duction of $10,000 could be made in the estimates 
for that department. Referred to the above com- 
mittee. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Report and order for Committee on Public 
Buildings to furnish accommodations for two 
classes in basement: of E Street Scboolhousc. 

Order for Committee on Eire Alarms to consider 
the subject of placing an alarm bell at corner of 
Dorchester street and Fourth street. 

Order concerning the expediency of erecting a 
suitable structure to accommodate' the increasing 
demands of the House of Correction, or of mak- 
ing such extensive alterations of the present 
building as will render the same adequate to the 
safekeeping and employment of the prisoners; 
and for plans and estimates for both projects, and 
an appropriation of $5000 therefor. Referred to 
Committee en I'ublic Institutions. 

The amendment to order appointing field-driv- 
ers, etc., in striking out the name of Matthew R. 
(lark, deceased, was concurred in. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The election of five First Assistant Assessors— 
Messrs. Burr, Gallagher, Young, Stackpofe and 
\\ 'viuan having been chosen by the Common Coun- 
cil' in the place of Messrs. Holden, Nichols, Sulli- 
van, Croak and Huntress, who were chosen by this 
Board— was taken up. 

The Board proceeded to a ballot with the follow- 
ing result: 



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Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Theophilus Burr 10 

Michael J. Croak 9 

P. Ambrose Young 8 

Abraham G. Wyman 6 

Win. (iallagher 6 

Wm. W. Nichols 5 

Stephen A. Stackpole 4 

Jeremiah Sullivan 4 

James Perkins 4 

Ar teniae R. Holtlen 3 

Joi . F. Huntress 1 

Messrs. Burr and Young were declared to be 
elected in concurrence, and Mr. Croak in non- 
concurrence, and there was no choice of two. 
Further ballotiogs resulted as follows: 

2d 3d. 

Whole number of votes 12 11 

Necessary to a choice 7 6 

Abraham G. Wyman 6 8 

.leremiah Sullivan 4 2 

William, Gallagher 3 5 

William W. Nichols 3 1 

A. R. Uolden 3 2 

K. A. Stackpole 4 3 

James Perkins i 1 

Blank _1_ 

On the third ballot Mr. Wyman was elected in 
concurrence. 
The result of other ballotings was as follows: 

4th. 5th. 

Whole number of votes 12 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 7 

Wm.i(rallagher 5 7 

S, A. Stackpole 3 2 

Jeremiah Sullivan 2 1 

A.R. Ilolden 1 1 

Win. W. Nichols 1 1 

Mr. Gallagher was elected in concurrence, on the 
fifth ballot. 

WEIGHERS AND INSPECTORS OF LIGHTERS. 

Alderman Cutter, from the Committee to Nom- 
inate Suitable Candidates for Weighers and In- 
spectors ol Lighters and other Vessels, made a 
report; recomnentting the election of the follow- 
ing-named persons : 

Edward Hatch, Inspector-in-Chief ; John Kenny, 
James Flynn, Cbas. C. Davis, as assistants. 

The report was accepted. 

The Board proceeded to an election, with the 
following; result: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Edward Hatch, (Inspector-in-Chief) 11 

A. R. Tewtsbury " " " 1 

John Kenny, Assistant 10 

Chas. C. Davis, " 10 

A. R. Tcwksbury, " 9 

James Flynn " 7 

Messrs. Hatch, Kenny, Davis and Tewksbury 
were declared to be elected. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, trom the Committee on the 
Market, reportsd in favor of transfer of lease of 
stall No. 7 and cellar Zy 2 new Faneuil Hall Market 
toA.T. Andrews. Accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on 
Steam Engines, reported in favor of petition of 
George A. Hentz for leave to put up and use a 
steam boiler and engine at the corner of Beach 
and Albany streets. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Claims, to whom was referred the peti- 
tion of James McGlynn, to Decompensated for the 
death of his son, caused by alleged cruel treat- 
ment by a teacher in the Dwight School, made a 
report recommending that the petitioner have 
leave to withdraw Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the same committee, re- 
ported leave to withdraw severally on petitions of 
C. A. C. Russell to be compensated for personal 
injuries caused by an alleged defect in Wilson's 
lane, and of Peter Brash to be compensated for 
personal injuries by an alleged defect in Merrimac 
street. Accepted. 

Akterman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported licenses to eight newsboys, one 
boy as a pedier, and one as a bootblack; also, 
licenses to sundry persons as dealers in second- 
hand articles, to keep intelligence oflSces, for car- 
riage and wagon stands and for transfer of wagon 
license. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
in, reported leave to withdraw on petition of John 
Ritchie, to be paid for grade damages at 720 Wash- 
ington street. Accepted. 



Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported iu favor of the petition of H. W. Eames 
& Co., to build a brick stable for seventy horses 
ou Stanhope street. Accepted. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Com- 
pany D, Ninth Regiment Infantry, M. V. M., the 
sum of $409, for repairs of armory at No. 120 Eliot 
street; said sum to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Armories. 

Alderman Cowdin, in answer to inquiries of Al- 
derman Gibson, stated that this company and an- 
other had been quartered in Hanover and Kneel- 
and streets in unlit places for armories. They 
were now located in new rooms on Eliot street 
which required considerable expense in fitting 
them up. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Co. 
E. Ninth Regiment of Infantry, M. V. M., the sum 
of $400, for repairs of armory at No. 120 Eliot 
street, said sum to be charged to the appropriation 
for Armories. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the City Surveyor prepare dupli- 
cate copies of the description of the existing 
boundary lines becween the city of Boston and the 
towns of Brookline, West Roxbury and Hyde Park, 
and also proper bound marks and monuments to 
be located wherever they may be necessary, in or- 
der to assist the Board in making the proper per- 
ambulations of said boundaries at some future day. 

Ordered, That there be paid to William G. Cole 
the sum of $5-50, tor land taken and all damages 
occasioned his estate No. 20 Washington avenue, 
by the wideniug and grading of that street, by a 
resolve of July 23, 18C9 ; the same to be charged to 
the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Ordered, That the court leading from Palmer 
street over land of George Lewis, Jr., be hereaf- 
ter called and known as Palmer place. 

Order to abate a nuisance at No. 720 Washington 
street. 

Ou motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Police be 
authorized to sell by public auction the sailboat 
heretofore used by the Harbor Police, and pay the 
proceeds into the city treasury. 

Alderman Gibson, in answer to inquiries of Al- 
derman Cowdin, stated that this sailboat was of no 
benefit except to furnish some of the Harbor Po- 
lice with the means of running down to the Islands, 
where they were not needed. He had yet, to learn 
of any advantage which the boat was for police 
service. Two or three row-boats for that purpose 
about the wharves would be of much more benefit. 
It was pretended that they were enabled by this 
boat to board vessels where the crews were in 
mutiny, but that was a business required of the 
revenue cutters. This boat was kept up at great 
expense, and the men were often away when 
needed. 

Alderman Cowdin said if it were true that the 
boat was not needed for the service, he should 
have no objection to its sale. 

Alderman Gibson stated further that some of 
the officers were away all day, and only reported 
at the station at the call in the morning. If tuey 
were engaged in row-boats about the wharfs, they 
might be more useful. 

The order was passed. 

On moiion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the order passed by the Board of 
Aldermen, Dec. 6, 1870, to pay Michael O'Connor 
$925 for grade damages No. 102 West Canton street, 
be and the same is hereby rescinded. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to rebuild the bridge over Longwood 
stream on Brookline avenue, at an estimated cost 
of $1000. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That the order to pay George W. Si- 
monds and others, trustees, $8889, passed by the 
Board and approved by the Mayor Jan. 31, 1871, for 
land taken and all damages occasioned their es- 
tate by the widening of Kliot street, be and the 
same hereby is rescinded. 

Ordered, That th6 Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Allen street, between Brighton and Charles 
streets, to furnish new edgestones to support the 
sidewalk, and to lay their sidewalks with brick, 
within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 



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BOAKU OF ALUKKMEN 



notify tlic owners and abutters 00 Conant street 
to furnish new edgestoncs to support the side- 
walk, within twenty days. 
On motion of Alderman Cutter, 
ordered, That in view of the expiration of the 
present contract for city printing on the 1st June 
next, the Committee on Printing lie requested to 
consider the expediency of establishing a print- 
ing office exclusively lor the city work, and report 
estimates of the cost of such an establishment. 
REPORT ON FREE FERBJE8. 
On motion of Alderman Woollcy, the report of 
I bq Committee on Ease Boston Ferries, with the 
appended order to abolish the toils, was con- 
sidered, as follows: 

Ordered, That from and after the 1st day of May 
in 1 he year 1871, the ferries between East Boston 
and the city proper shall be maintained and oper- 
ated free of tolls. 

Alderman Cowdin stated tint this subject had 
been more or less agitated lor the last fifteen 
years. Then; could be no doubt that if the fer- 
ries had been made free several years ago, the 
value of proper y in East Boston would have been 
thirty-three per cent, higher than now, and that 
the increased taxes would ha< r e more than made 
up for the amount of tolls collected. He supposed, 
however, that every Alderman had made up his 
mind on the subjee M and that nothing more need 
be said. It was' supposed by some persons that 
the people would not have the same facilities if 
the ferries were free that they do now : but he be- 
lieved they would have more as they were required. 
Alderman I'lumer inquired whether the pres- 
ent accommodations were ample, and whether 
there would not soon be a necessity for another 
boat? It would be well to understand fully the ex- 
pense which might be required. 

Aiderman (Jibson replied that there were now 
lour boats running, two at each terry. In the even- 
ing but one ran on each ferry, and the one at the 
north ferry does not run after 12 o'clock, while the 
boat on the other runs all night. If the business 
increases, it will soon be necessary to run a third 
boat from the south ferry. It was probable the pres- 
ent accommodations might answer for two years. 
In further remarks, he said, what the people of 
East Boston asked was but just and reasonable. 
The Chelsea Bridge had recently been macie free, 
and this city is required to pay the expense of 
keeping in repairs many bridges which had been 
made free in all directions, until now this is the 
only spot where tolls are collected. Two years 
ago a charter was asked from the Legislature for 
a bridge to East Boston, which would have cost 
two and a half millions of dollars, and this some 
time the city would have been obliged to support. 
The expense of engines for opening and closing 
the draws would alone hav^ cost more than the 
support of the ferries. 

Alderman Uiuson further urged that as the city 
had encouraged the growth of other wards, with 
an increase of the valuation of property, so it 
should help this younger ward. It was true it 
would require some money to support the ferries, 
but its effect would be to raise the valuation of 
property at East Boston. The depression in the 
taking 6f tolls was like canker worms in an or- 
chard, to destroy the fruit In rive years the ex- 
pense would all'be paid. The inconveniences of 
pavine' tolls, particularly in very cold weather, 
we're remarked upon, and it was insisted that it 
was but just, right and equitable that the people 
ol Bast Boston should be relieved from the bur- 
den oi the ferry tolls. 



Alderman I'lumer said he made the inquiry which 
he did in regard to increased facilities, because 
persons representing large corporations had said 
that they would prefer t« have the tolls continue 
and that another boat be put on, rather than that 
the ferries be free with no more accommodations. 
It was their opinion that another boat was needed. 
Me had given a good deal of thought to the mat- 
ter, and would have preferred that this should not 
have come up this year. There had been much 
discussion about the ferries, and measures have 
been carried by log-rolling with them, which were 
of doubtful expediency. As this must come some 
time, perhaps it would be better to swallow all at 
one dose, for should the Alderman, whose persist- 
ency he well knew, get another charter for a 
bridge, he might have cause to deprecate it. 

Alderman Cowdin further expressed the opinion 
that in three years the valuation of property in 
Kast Boston would be incieased thirty-three per 
tent. 

Alderman Woolley, with reference to the in- 
crease of facilities, said it was expected that they 
should want more, and he hoped there would be 
>uch an increase of business as to require eight or 
t( n boat.-.. The facilities are well enough now. 
At the south ferry they have as much as they can 
do, while at the north ferry they could do fifty per 
cent, more business than at present. The team- 
sters do not always care enough about going the 
way they can the quickest, and are willing to get 
into line and wait. The people of East Boston ask 
for this measure of free ferries, because it is but 
just and right. They have to pay their propoition 
of tax for the support of avenues to other sections 
of the city, and they feel that tbey ought not to bear 
this burden of the support of the ferries. They 
might be willing to do so, if they were relieved 
from the tax of the support of avenues in other 
sections of the city. They believed that the city 
was legally obliged to support the avenues alike 
to all sections. In this measure they had come 
early in the year, to be free from the objection 
imputed, of log-rolling. If there was to be any 
project tacked on to this it must be tacked on be- 
hind. 

The question was taken on the passage of the 
order, which was unanimously passed, every 
Alderman voting yea. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

Orders to pay Isaac Adams $3000 for grade dam- 
ages, Nos. 5 to 19 and 10 to 12 Broadway; to pay 
Caroline E. Cushing $125, for Dorchester avenue 
and silver street grade damages, and Charlotte E. 
Dever $900, for silver street grade damages. 

Order to pay Job A. Turner, lessee, $3200 for 
damages, Nos. 76 and 78 Eliot street. 

Order to grade Lamartine street 1300 feet from 
Centre street, at an estimated expense of $5000. 

Orders to abate sewer assessment of $41 88 on 
S.W.Jenkins and assess the same on Mary Nor- 
ton ; to abate sewer assessments on Amasa Bailey, 
Filth street, and on W. J. & George H. Keefe, 
Sixth street. 

ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

On petition of R. W. Pratt & Co., for leave to 
place and use a steam engine and boiler at Nos. 
114 and 120 Merrimac street. Hearing Monday, 
April 3, 4 P. M. 

On petition of Benjamin F. James, for leave to 
place and use a steam engine at 1842 Washington 
street. Hearing Monday, April 3, 4 P. M. 

Adjourned to Tuesday at 1}< P. M. 



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HOARD OF ALDERMEN, 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 16, 1871. 



A special meeting of the Board of Aldermen was 
ncld this afternoon at one o'clock, Alderman 
Jenkins, the Chairman, presiding. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AMD KEFEKEED. 

Request of the School Committee that a copy of 
Siiun.leff's Historical Description of Boston lie 
furnished to each High, ami Grammar school- 
house. Referred to the Committee on Printing. 

Jewett & Pitcher and others, that a large bell be 
placed on Hose house No. G. 

o 'EKING OF THE EAST BOSTON BEA3TCH LIBRARY. 

The following communication was hud before 
t he Board : 

Public Library, Boston 



brary, Boston, I 
March 15, 1871. \ 



The Trustees or the Public Library propose to 
open the Kast Boston Branch Library on Wednes- 
day. 22rt, at 7»*,P. M. 

The services will take place at Sumner Hall. 
Addresses may he expected from the President of 
tlic Board of Trustees, and from eminent citizens 
of East Boston. The presence of the Mayor and 
the City Council is respectfully desired. 

W. W. Greenough, 
E. \V. Morton, 
Jos. H. Bar;; is. 
Committee of the Kast Boston Branch Library. 
Accepted and sent down. 

PUBLIC PARKS. 

The Commissioners appointed by an order pass- 
ed by the City Council, Dec. 30, 187' — consisting of 
ex-Mayor Shurtleff, Mayor Gaston, Alexander H. 
Rice, B. W. Harris, A. M. Giles, Jarvis D. Braman, 
1*. A. Collins, Henry S. Washburn and John 1*. 
Iicaly— reported the following draft of a bill for 
the ''laying out of public parks:" 

Sect.'l. The city of Boston is hereby authorized, 
by and through the agency of rive commissioners, 
to locate within the limits of the said city, one or 
more public parks; and for that purpose, from 
time to time, to take and hold, by purchase or 
otherwise, any and all such lands as such com- 
missioners may deem desirable; to lay out, im- 
prove, govern, and regulate, any such park or 
parks, and the use thereof; to make all ordinances 
therefor, and, for breaches of such ordinances, to 
affix penalties not exceeding twenty dollars tor 
one oftence, to be imposed by anv court of com- 
petent .jurisdiction; to appoint all necessary offi- 
cers and agents, including a police force to act in 
such parks; to define the powers and duties of 
such officers, agents and police force, and fix the 
amount of their compensation; and, in general, 
to do all needful acts for the proper execution of 
the powers and duties granted to and imposed 
upon the said city of Boston, or its commissioners, 
by this act. 

Sect. 2. Whenever said Bark Commissioners 
shall determine to take or purchase any lands, as 
aforesaid, they shall make and record an estimate 
of the expense thereof, and shall transmit the 
same to the Mayor of said city, to he laid before 
the City Council; and such taking or purchase 
shall not take effect until the same be approved 
by the City Council. 

Sect..'!. Whenever any land shall be taken or 
purchased, as aforesaid, the l'aik Commissioners 
shall tile a description ot the same in the Registry 
of Deeds, and a statement of the purpose for 
which it was taken. 

sec. 4. >aid Board of Park Commissioners shall 
estimate aid determine all damages sustained by 
any persons, by the taking of land or other acts of 
said Board, in the execution of the powers vested 
in them by this act, and shall tile a certificate 
I hereof with the Clerk of the city, who shall record 
the same in a book to be kept for that purpose; 
but any party aggrieved by any such determination 
of said Board, may have his damages assessed b\ 

a jury "f the superior Court, in the county where 

the laud lies, in the same i ner as is provided 

by law with respect to damages sustained byluy- 
i. ■ out ot ways. 



Sect. 5. Any real estate which, in the opinion 
of tin- Board of l'ark Commissioner.^, --hall re- 
ceive any benefit and advantage from the locating 
and laying out of a park under the provisions of 
this act, may , alter like notice to all parties in- 
terested, as i- provided by law ro be given by ttie 
Board of Aldermen of the city of Boston, in eases 
of laying out of streets in said city, he assessed 
\,\ said Board of Commissioner • for a proportional 
share of the expense of such location and laying 
out; provided, that the entire amount so assessi i 
upon any estate shall not exceed one-half of the 
amount which sail, Board shall adjudge to he the 
whole benefit received by it. 

Sect. 6. No assessment shall be made as pro- 
vided in the preceding section, except within two 
years after the passage of the order, the execution 
of which causes the benefit foi which assessment 
is made. 

Sect. 7. All assessments made under this act 
shall constiture a lien upon the real estate so as- 
sessed, to be enforced and collected by the city of 
Boston, in the same manner, and with like charges 
for costs and interest, as is provided bylaw for 
the collection of taxes; and such assessment may 
be apportioned by said Board, in like manner as 
assessments for benefits caused by the laying out 
of ways may now be apportioned by the Boart' of 
Aldermen of said city. 

Sect. 8. Any party aggrieved by any assessment 
made bysaid'Board ot Park Commissioners, as 
aforesaid, may have the amount of the benefit re- 
ceived by his estate assessed by a jury of the 
Superior Court of the county where tire land lies, 
in the same manner as is provided by law with 
respect to damages sustained bv reason of the 
laying out of ways. 

sect. 9. For trie purpose of defraying the ex- 
penses incurred by the said city, under the provi- 
sions of this act, the City Council shall have au- 
thority to issue from time to time, ami to an 
amount not exceeding the amount of such ex- 
penses, bonds or certificates of debt, to be denom- 
inated on the face thereof the Public Park Loan 
of the said city, and to bear interest at such rate 
and to he payable at such periods, as such council 
may determine. 

Sect. 10. Ko military encampment, parade, drill, 
review, or other military evolution or exercise, 
shall be held or performed on any park laid out 
under this act, except with the prior consent of 
said Board of Park Commissioners; anu no mili- 
tary body shall, without such consent, enter or 
move in military order within the same, except in 
case of riot, insurrection, rebellion, or war. 

Sect 11. Said Board of Park Commissioners 
shall annually, in the month of January, make to 
the City Council of Boston a full report of the 
doings of said Board for the preceding year, in- 
cluding a detailed statement of all their receipts 
and expenditures, and of all gifts, bequests, and 
devises received by them. 

Sect. 12. The Commissioners hereinbefore re- 
ferred to shall be appointed by the Board of Al- 
dermen of the city of Boston, on the nomination 
of the Mayor. They shall be subject to such ordi- 
nances, rules and regulations, in the execution of 
their said trust, as the City Council may from time 
to time ordain and establish, not inconsistent 
with this act and the laws of the Common- 
wealth. One of them shall be appointed for the 
term of one year, one for the term of two 
years, one for the term of three years, one for 
the term of four years, and one for the 
term of five years from the first Monday of Janu- 
ary now next ensuing, and until their successors 
are appointed and qualified; and in the month of 
January, annually, a member shall be appointed, 
in the manner above provided to serve for the 
term ct five years. They, or any of them, may be 
removed by the concurrent vote of two-thirds of 
both branches of the City Council ; and in case of 
a vacancy in the Board by death, resignation, or 
removal, such vacancy sliall be filled by the ap- 
pointment of another commissioner in manner 
aforesaid, who shall hold his said office for 'he 
residue of the said term of five years. 

sect. 13. The said commissioners may expend 
in caie and adornment of said parks such sums as 
may be annually appropriated by the City Coun- 
cil. 

Sect. 1-1. This act shall not take full effect, un- 
less accepted bj a majority of the legal voters of 
Hie city of Boston, present ami voting thereon, by 
[allot, ami using the check list at meetings which 
shall be held in the several wards of said city, on 
the second Tuesday of June oi the present year. 



MARCH 16 



1871. 



69 



and upon notice thereof duly given at least seven 
days before the time of said meetings, aud the 
polls shall be opened at nine o'clock in the fore- 
noon of said day and closed at six o'clock in the 
afternoon of said day. In case of the absence of 
any ward officer at any ward meeting in 
s:> id city, held for the purpose aforesaid, a like 
officer may lie chosen pro tempore hy hand vote, 
and shall be duly qualified and shall have aU the 
powers and lie subject to all the duties of the regu- 
lar offieei at said meetings. Said ballots shall lie 
"yes" or "no" in answer to the question: "Shall 
an act passed by the Legislature of the Common- 
wealth, in the year eighteen hundred and seventy- 
one, entii led 'An Act for the laying out of one or 
more parks in or near the city of Boston,' be ac- 
cepted'.'" Such meetings shall be called, notified 
and warned by the Hoard of Aldermen of said city 
in the same manner in which elections for munic- 
ipal officers are called, notilied and warned. 

The ballots given in shall be assorted, counted 
and dr clarcd in the ward meetings in which they 
are given, in open ward meetin". aad shall be re- 
gistered in the ward records. The clerk of each 
ward shall made return of all ba'lots given in his 
ward, and the number of ballots in favor of the 
acceptance of this act, and the number of ballots 
against its acceptance, to the Board of Aldermen ; 
said returns to be made within forty-eight hours 
of the close of the noils. 

It shall be the duty of the Board of Aldermen to 
certify as soon as may be, the number of ballots 
cast iii the said city of' Boston, and the number of 
ballots cast in favor of the acceptance of this act, 
and the number of ballots cast against said ac- 
ceptance, to the Secretary of the Commonwealth; 
and if it shall appear that a majority of the votes 
east is in favor of the acceptance of' this act, the 
said Secretary shall immediately issue and pub- 
lish his certificate declaring this act to have been 
duly accepted. 

siet. 15. The City Council of any other city in 
this Commonwealth may by the concurrent vote 
of both branches thereof, approved by the Mayor, 
order this act to be submitted to the legal voters 
of such city for their acceptance at such time as 
the said City Council shall determine; and there- 
upon the same proceedings shall be had as are 
provided in the next preceding section of this act 
in regard to the city of Boston; and if it shall ap- 
pear by the return of the votes in such city that 
a majority of the voters present and voting was in 
favor of the acceptance of this act, it shall extend 
and be applicable to such city. 

Sect. 10. The inhabitants of any town in this 
Commonwealth, at any legal meeting called for 
the purpose (and such meeting shall he called on 
the request of any five tax-paying citizens), may 
accept this act, aud thereupon it shall extend anil 
he applicable to said town; and, in such case, the 
Park Commissioners for such town shall be chosen 
by the inhabitants at a legal town meeting, and 
the powers and duties given to and imposed upon 
the City Council of cities shall be exercised and 
performed by the inhabitants of such towns. 

Sect. 17. The Park Commissioners of two or 
more cities or towns, may enter into negotiations 
aud conclude agreements respecting a park or 
parks, located, or to be located, in one or more of 
such towns or cities, define the limits, stipulate as 
to the care, custody and use of the same, the ap- 
pointment of police officers, the proportional 
share of expense to be paid by the various parties, 
and other matters and things necessary or expedi- 
ent in the premises, which agreements shall be 
submitted to the City Council of anv city con- 
cerned as a party, and to the inhabitants of any 
town so concerned ; and the same shall take effect 
upon the acceptance by such City Council or by 
the inhabitants of such town. 

Sect 18. Whenever any land is takes under the 
provisions of this act, the town o> city within 
which it is situated shall, in the first instance, be 
liable to pay all damages assessed, as hereinbefore 
provided. 



Sect. 19. So much of this act as authorizes and 
directs the submission of the question of aecent- 
ance of this act to the legal voters of said cities 
anil towns shall take effect upon its passage. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the Public Park bill submitted by 
the Commissioners on that subject, be referred to 
the Joint Standing Committee on Legislative 
Business, with authority to recommend its adop- 
tion tiy the Legislature of this Commonwealth. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Pierce, from theCommitteeonClaiins, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Thos. 
Winsor. to be paid lor loss occasioned by the de- 
tention of a tug boat at the draw of the Federal 
Street Bridge. Accepted. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

Alderman kicker, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Assessors' Department, made aie- 
nort, recommending the election of the following- 
named persons for second Assistant Assessors: 

Ward 1 — Daniel J. Sweeney, John Noble. 

Ward 2— John F. FJynn, Thomas Caswell. 

Ward i) — Eugene C. Donnelly. 

Ward 4— Martin Dowhng, W. s. Whitney. 

Ward 5— John .1. Gallivan, Roger H. Scannell. 

Ward (3— John L. Bng'.iain. 

Ward 7— John II. Giblin. 

Want 8— Ira B. Davenport. 

Ward 9— Charles N'owell. 

Ward 10— Thaddeus Gould. 

Ward 11 — Geo. W. Skinner. 

Ward 12 — Thos. Leavitt, Geo. Holmes. 

Ward 13 — Alexander Stuart. 

Ward 14— Win. H. .Mcintosh. 

Waul IB— Edward Kelley. 

Ward 16-E. H. K. Kugglcs, A. D. Capeu. 

Accepted and laid over. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with 
Michael Drinan, or the next lowest bidder, for 
raising, moving aud underpinning the buildings 
on that portion of the Suffolk Street District 
designated as section 13, the expense to be charged 
to the appropriation for the improvement of said 
district. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with S. 
& D. Richards, or the next lowest bidder, for rais- 
ing, mov'ng ana underpinning the buildings on 
that portion of the Suffolk Street District desig- 
nated as Section 9, the expense to be charged to 
the appropriation for the improvement of said 
district. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District he authorized to contract with 
Johu S. Blair, or the next lowest bidder, for rais- 
ing, moving and underpining the buildings on 
that portion of the Suffolk Street District desig- 
nated as Section 12, the expense to be charged to 
the Appropriation for the improvement of said 
district. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract witli 
Michael Drinan, or the next lowest bidder, for 
raising, moving and underpining the buildings on 
that portion of the Suffolk Street District, desig- 
nated as section 10, the expense to be charged to 
the appropriation for the improvement of said 
District. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with 
Moynton Brothers & Freeman, or the next lowest 
bidders, for raising, moving and underpinning the 
buildings on that portion of the Suffolk Street 
Distrii t designated as Section if, the expense to be 
charged to the Appropriation for the improvement 
of said district. 

Adjourned. 



COMMON COUNCIL 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 16, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7Jz o'clock, 
Matthias liicb, the President, in the chair. 

PAl'EUS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The communication announcing the appoint' 
incut of the Mayor's Clerk was ordered to be 
placed on rile. 

The reference to Committee on Appropriations 
of a communication from Che Superintendent of 
-Lamps, suggesting a reduction of estimates for 
Lamp Department, was concurred in. 

The request of the School Committee in rela- 
tion to copies of shurt'etf's Historical Descrip- 
tion of boston, and the petition of Jewett <& 
Pitcher were referred, in concurrence. 

The invitation of Trustees of Public Library to 
attend the opening of the East Boston Branch Li- 
brary was accepted, in concurrence. 

The following reports, severally leave to with- 
draw, were accepted in concurrence: 

uf C. A. C. Kussell, to he paid for personal in- 
juries received from a defect m Wilson's lane. 

Of Peter Brash, to be paid for personal injuries 
received from a defect in Merrimac street. 

Of James McUiyun, to be compensated for the 
death of his son trom alleged cruel treatment t>y 
a school teacher. 

The following orders were severally read twice 
and passed: 

timer directing Committee on Public Lands to 
sell by auction/ ihe lot of land belonging to the 
city, on West Canton and Yarmouth streets, west 
of Columbus avenue. 

order that in view of the expiration of the con- 
tract for city printing, the Committee on Printing 
consider the expediency ol establishing a printing 
office for city work exclusively. 

Che order lor sale by public auction of the sail- 
boat heretofore used by the Harbor Police was 
considered. 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2 said that as no reasons 
were given for the proposed sale, he moved the 
reference of the order to the Committee on Police 
on the part of the Common Council. Carried. 

The following orders were severally reail once: 

Order for Committee on Suffolk Street District 
to contract with Colby & Trumbull, the lowest 
bidders, to construct the stone abutment for the 
iron bridge over Orange street and the Albany 
Haikoad, at a cost of $9090 35. 

Order for the payment of W400 to Co. L, Ninth 
Regiment of inlantry, for repairs of armory at 120 
Eliot, street. 

Order for the payment of $400 to Co. D, Ninth 
J.egiment of infantry, for repairs of armory at 120 
Eliot street. 

Report and order that from the first day of May 
next, the ferries between East Boston and the city 
proper be opeiated and maintained free of tolls. ' 

The report of Committee to Nominate Weighers 
and inspectors of Lighters and certificate of elec- 
tion were read, and the election was laid over. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of election of Michael J. Croak, 
as a First Assistant Assessor, in place of S. A. 
Stackpole, chosen by the Couii'il, was read, when 
the Council proceeded to an election. Messrs. 
Dickinson of Ward 11, Flanders of Ward 5. and 
Kendall of Ward 3 were appointed a committee to 
receive and count the votes, and reported the re- 
sult as follows: 

Whole number of votes i>9 

N ecessary to a choice :w 

S. A. Stackpote ;J4 

Michael -I . Croak 25 

Mr. Stackpole was declared to be aaain elected, 
in non-concurrence. 

The report, leave to withdraw, on petition of 
Thomas Wiusor was accepted in concurrence. 

The report of Committee on Assessors' Depart- 
ment nominating candidates for Second Assistant 
Assessors and the certificate of election were read, 
and the elections were laid over. 

The following orders were severally read oni e 



Order authoriz'ng a contract with Michael Dri- 

nan, or the next lowest bidder, for raising, moving 
and underpinning buildings on that portion oi 
Suffolk Street District designated as Section No. 
lojalso with the same party to raise, etc., buildings 
on Section No. 10. 

Order authorizing a contract with S. & D. Rich- 
ards, or next lowest bidder, to raise and underpin 
buildings ou Section 9, Suffolk Street District. 

Order authorizing a contract with John S.Blair, 
or next lowest bidder, to raise and underpin build- 
ings on Section 12, Suffolk Street District. 

Order authorizing a contract with Boynton 
Brother & Freeman, or next lowest bidder, to 
raise and underpin buildings on Section 14, Suf- 
folk Street District. 

PUBLIC PARKS. 

The report of Commissioners on Public Parks 
was read, and the reading of the bill was omitted, 
it being in print. 

The order appended was read once, as follows: 

Ordered, That the Public Park bill submitted by 
the commissioners on that subject be referred to 
the Joint Standing Committee on Legislative Bus- 
iness, with authority to recommend its adoption 
by the Legislature of this Commonwealth. 

The question was taken on the passage of the 
order, declared to be carried, when a doubt was 
raised, and the reading of the order was called for 
by Mr. Flyuu of Ward 7. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 said he. noticed that the bill 
provided in one place for a public park within the 
limits of the city, and in another for the location 
of parks outside of the limits. These provisions 
did not seem to correspond. He should prefer 
that the order be referred as proposed, without 
the authority to recommend its ac'option. 

Air. Smith of Ward JO raised a question of order, 
that a doubt was pending on a voce, which was the 
question to be settled. 

The Chair ruled the point of order to be well 
taken, stating that he allowed the remarks, sup- 
posing the gentleman rose for information sim- 

p'y- 

A count showed 19 in favor and 19 against, and 
the order was not passed. 

Mr. Kobbins of Ward 8 said he did not vote, 
from not understanding the question, and if al- 
lowed to vote, should vote in lavor of the order. 

Mr. Wiuch of Ward 10 moved a reconsideration 
of the vote rejecting the order, on the ground of 
supposed misunderstanding by any one. The mo- 
tion was carried. 

The question being again en the passage of the 
order, 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 moved to strike out 
the words "with authority" and all following those 
words. 

Mr. Winch said they had not the. order before 
them in the document, and moved that ic be hud 
on the table. Carried. 

UITFJJNTSHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time aud passed. 

Order to pay to Lydia A. McGiuly $4000, for es- 
tate No. 1 H ngham street,, on her giving to the 
city satisfactory deed of the same, and release for 
all costs and damages, in consequence of the tak- 
ing of said estate. 

Order to pay Julia Conery 84800, with interest, 
frcin the time of taking to that of payment, for 
estate No. 38 Porter street, on her giving to the 
city a satislactor.v oeedof the same, and release for 
all damages in consequence of the taking of said 
estate. 

Order to pay the heirs of Georere Kimball ¥4500, 
for estate No. 64 Orange slreet, on their giving to 
the city a satisfactory deed ol the same, and re- 
lease for all damages in consequence of toe taking 
of said estate. 

Older that $1500 be appropriated for the con- 
struction of an iron fence, around, and grading 
Meeting-House i 1 ill in Ward 16. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made wit'ii 
Colby & Trumbull, the lowest bidders, lor build- 
ing a granite retaining wall on Indiana place and 
between 'Fremont street and Shawmut avenue ex- 
tended; the approximate estimate being $35,236 95. 

Order to pay Co. A, lOrst Battalion, M. V, M., 
$590, for repairs ot armory at corner of Union Park 
and Washington streets. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
William Saywardlor the in ison work of the Pri- 
mary schoolljouse in the shurtleff District he 
being the lowest bidder 



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COMMON (' o I' X ( 1L 



i irdei' i" pay as rent for iiic tnadquart ;rs of tb • 
Firsl Bati liion. M. V. M., iu Williams Hall, cor- 
ner of Washington an. I Dover streets, $303 por 
annum. 

Report and order authorizing Treasurer to re 
issue Hi • \\ 'ater Works Loan OF $688,000 due in 
April next, in accordance with the provisions ol 
the ordinance in addition to the ordinance in re- 
lation to Finance. 

Report ami orders authorizing the transfer of 
StOO.dOO from the appropriation For raving, to he 
in ilc a special appropriation to he called "'Water 
Street Grade Damages;" ai.d authorizing su«h 
ol her transfers of approprial ions as may be neces- 
sary Lo close I. lie business of thy financial year. 

COMMISSIONEU I !•' 1:1:11.11: GROVE CEMETERY. 

i'he report nominating Commissioner of Cedar 
Grove Cemetery and certificate of election were 
read, when the Council proceeded to an election. 
Messrs. -Hull.Of Ward 4, West of Ward Hi, and 
Mull an e of Ward 13 were apppointed a committee 
to receive and count the votes, and reported the 
result as follows: 

Whole number of votes Si 

Necessary to a choice tfO 

Henrv J. Na:;vo . r )l 

Scattering 7 

Mr. Nazro was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence! 

OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

The report nominating Overseers of the Poor 
was accepted, and the certificate of" election was 
read, when the Council proceeded to an election. 
Messrs. Moves of Ward 5, Kinery of Ward 10, and 
l.octce of Ward 12 were appointed a eommirtee to 
receive and count the votes, and reported the re- 
sult as follows: 

Whole numb jr of votes K0 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Thos. C. Amory 5t 

Ira Allen 57 

Samupl B Ouft 57 

.lohn O'Brien 38 

Washington L. Prescott si 

Four others one each 4 

Messrs. Ainory, Allen and Cruft were declared 
to be elected, in' concurrence. There being a tie 
vote on the election of one more, the Council pro- 
ceeded to another ballot, with the following re- 
sult : 

Whole number of votes 60 

Necessary to " choice :il 

John O'Brien 30 

Washington L. Prescott :!0 

Thomas C. Am try t> 

Ira Allen 9 

Samuel H. Cruft !> 

}'. O'Connor 1 

There was again no choice for the remaining 
member. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 raised the question that 
some of the votes cast for those already elected 
should have been rejected. 

Mr. Noyes stated that it would have made no 
difference in the result had the votes been re- 
jected. 

The Council proceeded to another ballot, and 
before the result was declared Mr. Smith laised 
the same point of order, and expressed the opinion 
that if the nine ineligible bailors had been thrown 
out there would have been a choice. 

The Chair stated that he understood from tin- 
chairman of the committee that it wou.d have 
made no difference had the ballots not been 
counted. 

.Mr. Smith replied that the chairman proceeded 
upon mistaken premises, and that if the nine votes 
for the three ineligible candidates had been thrown 
out there would hive been a choice. 

The Chair stated that, committees had frequently 
been reminded that votes lor ineligible candidates 
should not he counted, and it was presumed thev 
would not be. 

Mr. Barnes stated that his views were in accord- 
ance with those of the gentleman from Ward 10 in 
regard to counting Ineligible votes. 

After further remarks oy Mr. Smith, Mr. Noyes 
stated that had the Vote for Mr. O'Connor been 
thrown out, as ineligible, it would have left a tie 
vote. 

The third ballot resulted as follows: 

w'hoio number of votes i>i 

Necessary to a choice :i; 

.inloi O'Brien :iu 

W. L. Prescott :m 

P. I !'< 'niiieir ... I 



The fourth ballot .. is as follow*,; 

« hole numb.jr of votes 51 

Necegs iry to a choice 

.lohn O'l'.riei! :(• 

YY. 1.. 1'ieseol t 

P. O'Connor i 

There were four naiii"s on one ballot, whicb were 
not counted. 

Mr. O'Brien was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

The order authorizing the Committee on the 
Suffolk street District In expend from tune to time 
fn. in the loans lor the improvement ol tint (\;<- 
1i act, not exceeding $1000, for any one object con- 
nected with said improvement, was considered. 

Mr. I-'l.vnn of Ward 7 called lor an exol ination 
ol the necessity oi' the passage of the order. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 sr vted that th? or lei 
plained itself, the committee finding it necessaTj 
sometimes to make greater expenditures than they 

are now allowed to make. 

Mr. Flynn replied that the power ciurerred was 
too great in the hands of one Committee, and if an 
expenditure greater than S200 is required, it 
would not take long to come to tlu Council for 
Authority. 

the Chair read the report of the committee giv- 
ing reasons why the older was called for, and the 
order was passed without a count. 

Mr. Roberts of Ward i moved a reconsideration 
of the vote at the last meeting of the Council reject- 
ing the petition of the Wasliiiigtonian Inebn ites' 
Reform Association for a donation. of .$5000. If 
carried, he said he would like to have it referred 
to a special committee io consider and report upon 
the merits of the case. 

The Chair stated that it would be necessary to 
suspend the rules for the purpose of entertaining 
the motion. 

A motion to suspend the rules was lost. 

On motion of .Mr. Smith of Ward 10, the petition 
was laid on the table. 

PETITIONS PBESENTBD A1::D REFERRED. 

J. Sidney Jones, for remuneration for injuries 

received while on duty at a tire in hast Bo-ton. 
Sept. 18, 1870, which required the amputation of a 
part of the second finger of bis left band and sur- 
gical treatment for seven weeks, incapacitating 
him from his usual occupation. Kelerred to the 
Committee on Claims. 

American Consolidated Fire Kxfinguishing 
Company, for the use of their extinguishers by the 
city. Referred to the Committee on Public Build- 
ings. 

sarrinel IT. Walley and others, that their nann >s 
may be taken from a petition for a new a Venue 
from the Milldam to Cambridge. 

Sidney Partlett and 127 others, against the con- 
struction of said avenue. 

Severally re .'erred to Committee on Streets. 

Calvin I - -. Torre$ and others, for the removal of 
the blouse ol Correction from South Boston. Re- 
ferred to Committee on Public Institutions. 

EEPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. P.ieknell of Ward 4, from the Committee on 
Institutions at South Boston and Deer island, t.-> 
whom was submitted tbs order concerning th i 
expediency ol erecting a suitable stueture io ac- 
commodate the increasing demands of the House 
of Correction, or ol making such extensive altera- 
tions of Hie present building as will render the 
same adequate to the sale keeping and employ- 
ment of the pris m.'rs, and fur plans and esti- 
mates for both projects, and an appropriation of 
$6000 therefor, made a report that; the order ought 
to pass, with an amendment to substitute $3000 
for S5000. 

The report was accepted, and the question being 
upon the passage of the order, as amended. 

Mr. Hersey ol Ward 19 moved that it be laid on 
the table until a report should 1)6 made from the 
committee upon the expediency of removing the 
House of Correct on from South Boston. 

The motion to lay on the table was lost— 18 to31 — 
when the order was passed. 

Klil'URT OK THE BEQUEST OF THE LATE UEORUE 
TICKJMOR. 
Mr. Uobbinfi of Ward 8. from the Joint Standing 
Committee on the Public Library, to whom was 
referred the communication from I i is Honor the 
Mayor, transmitting to the City Council a letter 
Iroiii the executors ol the will of Oeoige Ticknoi. 
relating to the heipiest of hooks, manuscripts and 
moiie\ to tin Public Library df the city of Boston, 
submitted the following report: 



M A K C M 1C 



16 7 1 



3 



By the ninth article of bis will, Mr. Tieknqs gives 
to tbe citv of Boston, on the death of bis wife, all 
bis bonks and manuscripts in tbe Spanish and 
Portuguese languages, and also tbe sum of §4000. 
After the receipt of said sum, tbe eitv is required 
to expend not less than $18100 in every period ol 
rive years during tbe tweuty-live "years next 
succeeding (i. e., the income of tbe $4000 at 
tbe rate n'f live per centum per annum) in 
the purchase of books in tbe Spanish aid .Por- 
tuguese languages and literature. At the end of 
l w euty-five years, the ineome ol' this sum is to be 
expended annually in tbe purchase of books of per- 
manent value, either in tbe Spanish and Portu- 
lauguages or in such other languages as 
in iy be deemed expedient by those having charge 
of tbe Library. The hooks bequeathed or pur- 
cbased are always to be freely accessible for eef- 
erence or study, but are not to be loane;l for use 
outside of the library building. Ittlitso bequests 
a re not accepted by the city, and the tiusts and 
conditions faithfully executed, the books, manu- 
scripts and money are to be given to the President, 
and Fellows of Harvard College. 

these arc 'he substantial provisions of tbe will 
concerning the bequest to the city. A copy of tbe 
nintti article in full is appended hereto. 

In order that the city may receive the immedi- 
ate lenelit of ibis unequalled contribution to the 
rare literature of tbe library, Mrs. Anna Tinknor, 
widow of the donor, has ottered to relinquish her 
right to retain during her life tbe books and 
manuscripts, and is ready to place them under the 
control ot the city at the present time. 

This gift fitly crowns Mr. Tieknor's long-contin- 
ued personal services and numerous benefactions 
towards the establishment of the Public Library 
on a lasting foundaiion. His earnest efforts in 
organizing this institution and commending it to 
tbe tavor n'f the leading tiibliogrsuibeis ^ n this 
country and in Europe, contributed largely to the 
unexampled success which has attended its devel- 
opment. 

The books presented by his will consist of about 
four thousand volumes 'in the Spanish and Portu- 
guese languages. The collection was begun at 
Madrid in the year 1817, and was substantially 
completed between that time and tbe year l v ;.s. 
Since then only su'eh books have ueen added as be 
was unable to secme previously. i< rum the ina- 
bility of book collectors to supply his wants while 
making his original purchases, he resorted to the 
employment of priests, professors and persons in 
private life to obtain rare wcrks. For many years 
Professor Gazanyos acted as bis agent in Spam. 
But his efforts to procure what he wanted were 
not confined to that country. He purchased Span- 
ish hooks in all the great book markets of the 
world. 

so assiduous was bis pursuit that the complaint 
was made several years ago that he had raised the 
prices of Spanish books in all the principal marts. 
of the value of the collection thus made, without 
reference to cost, it is perhaps enough to say that 
no single library in Spain possesses all the books 
it contains. The only collections of equal value 
are the great Spanish library in the B'-iCish Mu- 
seum and the private collection of Lord Holland. 

For the purpose of providing proper accommo- 
dations in ihe library for these books, and prepar- 
ing and printing a catalogue — similar to the cata- 
logue of the Prince Libraiy, the Trustees will re- 
quire a small appropriation, estimated at $3000. 
The committee would respectfully recommend the 
passage of the following resolution and order: 

Hesolved, That'the thanks of the City Govern- 
ment be presented to Mrs. Anna Tieknor for her 
generous otter to relinquish her right to retain, 
during her life, the very valuable*" collection of 
Spanish and Portuguese books and manuscripts 
bequeathed to the city of Boston by the late George 
Tieknor. 

Ordered, That the oequests to the city of Boston 
named in the ninth article of the will of George 
Tieknor of Boston, proved Feb. 20, 1871, be and the 
same are hereby accepted in accordance with the 
terms and conditions of said will; anil the Trus- 
tees ot the Public Library are authorized and di- 
rected to receive said bequests in behalf of the 
city, and make suitable arrangements for the eaie 
and custody of the books and manuscripts given 
in trust to the city by the said George Tieknor, 
and also to invest' the money received m trust as 
aforesaid in bonds of the city, and expend the in- 
come in the manner designated in the trust. 

Ordered, That tbe Committee on Finance be re- 



quested to report an order providing for a special 
appropriation of $300(1, to furnish accommoda- 
tions in tbe Public Library for the books and man- 
usciipts given in trust to the city by George Tiek- 
nor, and also for preparing ami printing a cata- 
logue ol the saire. 

the report was laid on the table, and ordered to 
be printed. 

LOCATION OF ENGINE HO. 4. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Fire Department, to whom were 
referred tbe orders of March 2, auihoiizing them 
to consider the expediency of building a suitable 
building for Engine Company .No. 4, on the north 
end of the Court-House, said that the committee 
had given the. subject their careful attention, and 
would most respectfully submit the following 
report and accompanying; order: 

Pending the consioeration of the orders of the 
Council, the attention of the committee has been 
called to several locations which were thought to 
be desirable for the engine company, all oCwhich 
your committee gave a personal inspection. 

Your committee, in order to be satislied as to 
the importance of locating in the vicinity above 
named, deemed it advisable, to consult the rec- 
ords of the past, and from the facts there record- 
ed, the committee are of ihe opinion that it is in- 
expedient and dangerous to locate said engine 
company ouside of the following limits, viz.: line, 
of Court street, (north side), south side of Tremont 
to School street; School street, Washington street 
to Court street. 

in considering: the feasibility of erecting a house 
on the vacant land situated at" the north end of the 
Court House, there is no doubt one can be erected, 
which will accommodate the company, at a less 
expense thau the purchase of any lot of land yet 
presented to the committee, in a suitable location. 

By the erection of a building, it will add, in the 
opinion of the committee, 500 per cent, to the 
looks of the building now occupied for court pur- 
poses. Of this fact there can be no doubt; of tbe 
feasibility and practicability of this the committee 
are nearly unanimous. 

There have been objections presented to the 
committee, and after weighing them all carefully, 
to the minds of the committee, no one of them 
have had any foundation of fact, and only the lo- 
cal prejudice against connecting an engine house 
under the same roof occupied for court purposes. 

The committee would therefore present the fol- 
lowing order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be and are hereby authorized to erect a suit- 
able building on the north end of the Court House 
for the accommodation of Engine Company .No. 4, 

at an exoense of ; the same to be charged 

to the appropriation for Engine Houses. 

The undersigned dissents from the foregoing 
leport. Aveuv Piatmkr. " 

The order was read once 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, from the Joint Commit- 
tee on Fire Department, to whom was referred tbe 
subject of selecting a suitable^location for a house 
for Hose Company No. 7, submitted the following 
leport : 

In view of the fact of the very inflammable cha- 
racter of the buildings in the vicinity of Tremont 
street, ami the intermediate streets between ling- 
eries and Parker streets, they are of the opinion 
that said company should be located on Tremont 
street, between Buggies street and the former 
Boston line, and would recommend thj purchase 
of a lot of land lying on the eastern side of Tre- 
mont street, near the junction of Cabot street, 
and therefore recommend the passage of the fol- 
lowing order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be and they hereby are authorized to purchase 
a lot of land lying on the eastern side of Tremont 
street, near tlie junction of Cabot street, belonging 
toSethE. Brown, containg 4;5. r ><> square feetoi 
land, at a sum not exceeding $8750, for the pur- 
pose of erecting upon tbe same a bouse for I lose 
< ompany No. 7. 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer be and he is 
hereby authorized to borrow, under the direction 
of the Committee on Finance, the sum of 08760, for 
the purchase of said lot of land. 

The orders were severally read once. 

Mr. Multane of Ward 13 offered an order that 
the Committee on Streets report upon tbe expe- 
diency Ot accepting Hunncman street as a public 
highway. Kcferred to Committee on Streets. 



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Mr. Squires of Ward 8 offered an order, which 
was read once, to pay Mary A. Smith fttilOO for 
an estate No. 75Castle street. 

Mr. Bicknell Of Ward 4 moved a suspension of 
the rules to enable him CO move a reconsideration 
of cue rejection of the ordinance in relation to 
Assessors. 

The Chair declared it to be lost— 33 to 12. 

Mr. livan of Ward IS subsequently called the at- 
tention of the Chair to the figures as announced. 

The Chair in reply stated that in accordance 
with the rules two-thirds of the members present 
must vote for a suspension. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 wished to know how it 
was that thirty-three was not two-thirds of forty- 
live. 

The Chair replied that the rules required the vote 
of two-thirds of the members present, ana it was 
ascertained there were fifty-seven or fifty-eight, 
not all the members having; voted. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 11 offered the following or- 
der: 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District he directed to consider and re- 
port upon the expediency of petitioning the Leg- 
islature at its present session for an amendment 
id chapter 277, acts of 18(38, so as to include the 
houses on the south side of Dover street. 

Mr. Smith, in support of the order, said there 
was a necessity for the raising of Dover street, 
which would be the lowest by two feet of the 
streets at the South End. It was a mistake to 
bound the territory by one side of the street, and 
the raising of this street must be done. It would 
be better now to complete the work of raising this 
street before the Suffolk street raising should go 
out of the hands of the committee. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 said he would like a week 
for consideration of the matter, and moved that 
the order be laid on the tabic. 



Mr. smith suggested that the gentleman could 
consider the subject while the committee were 
considering it, by which means no time would be 
lost. 

Mr. Winch said he would accept the terms, and 
withdrew his motion. 
The order was then passed. 
Mr. Sayward of Ward 18 offered the following: 
Ordered, Thut the Committee on L'ubhc Build- 
ings be authorized to pave tin; driveway- <•: 
gi ne Houses Nos 17 and 21 ; the expense therefor 
to be charged to the appropriation for Public 
Buildings. 

ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to fit no master's rooms and 
libraries in the (juincy, Everett, DwigM and Han- 
cock Grammar Schoolhouses; to be charged to 
the appropriation for Grammar Schools, rublic 
Buildings. 
The orders were severally read once. 
On motion of Mr. Brown "of Ward 2, 
Ordered, That the heads of departments of the 
City Covernment be requested to report forthwith 
the names of non-taxpayers at present employed 
or who have been employed in their several de- 
partments. 

On motion of Mr. Ilynn of Ward 7, the order in 
relation to a new avenue across Charles River was 
taken from the table and recommitted. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward ti moved to take from the 
table the ordinance in relation to Directors of 
rublic Institutions. Lost. 

Mr. Woods of Ward 12 ottered an order, which 
was read once, that the Committee on Public 
Buildings be directed to advertise for a si 1 * for lo- 
cation of Engine No. 15, on Broadway, between 
Foundry and B streets, or on Dorchester avenue, 
between First and Seventh streets, and report the 
cost of the same to the City Council. 
Adjourned. 



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COMMON COUNCIL. 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceed iiiffs of the Common Council, 

MARCH 20, 1871. 



A special meeting of the Common Council was 
held at 12 o'clock M., today, called by the Mayor, 
in a communication. 

City Hall, Boston, March 20, 1871. 
To the Common Council: 

Gentlemen— On the 29th day of December the 
< Dinnion Council instructed the Mayor "to petition 
the General Court for the passage of an act au- 
thorizing the purchase or taking of lauds for pub- 
lic parks in Boston ov the immediate vicinity." In 
obedience to that instruction my predecessor pre- 
sented a petition to the Legislature i>ow in session. 

The City Council of last year created a commis- 
sion "to prepare the draft of a bill to be submitted 
by the City Council to the next Legislature, author- 
izing the city of Boston to purchase or take and 
lay out lands for one or more public parks. 

The commissioners appointed under that com- 
mission prepared a draft of a bill, which has been 
submitted to the City Council. 

The Board of Aldermen, at its last meeting, 
adopted an order referring the bill to the Joint 
Standing Committee on Legislative Business, 
"with authority to recommend its adoption by the 
Legislature of the Commonwealth," which order 
has been transmitted to your Board for concurrent 
ac'ion. 

The petition before mentioned was, in the early 
part of January last, referred to a committee of 
the Legislature, before whom a partial hearing 
has already been had. 

The Legislative Committee will, as I am in- 
formed, have another and possibly a final hearing 
on the subject before the next regular meeting of 
the Common Council. I have called a special 
meeting of your Board today to enable you to act 
upon this subject before the next meeting of the 
Legislative Committee. 

Wm. Gaston. Mavor. 

The Council proceeded to a consideration oi the 
subject of the Public Park. 

The question pending was upon an amendment 
proposed by Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11, to strike 
from the order the words "with authority to rec- 
ommend its adoption by the Legislature of this 
Commonwealth." 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 saiil this was not a new sub- 
ject, as those k-iew who were members of the last 
Council. The project was opposed by him m that 
Council, and he had no reason to change his views 
as expressed when the subject was before this 
Council. He did not believe that the persons ap- 
pointed on the commission bad all seen the draft 
of the bill, and he believed that this was the most 
gigantic swindle ever imposed upon this city. 
This scheme meant that we were to have a 
park in Doi Chester, and a park which would 
cost $5,000,000. If there was to be a public park, 
let the project be brought directlv before the Com- 



mon council. Let there be a joint committee of 
live from this branch and three from the other, to 
consider the expediency of the subject. The par- 
ties in this scheme were determined to oppose any 
further annexation of territory to the city until 
this matter of a park should be fixed upon the city 
in Dorchester. He did not, however, believe that 
it would make any difference, for the goose was 
already cooked, and the bill would be passed, and 
the commissioners appointed. 

.Mr. Dickinson withdrew his pen ling amendment, 
and moved an order that the Mayor be instructed 
to withdraw the petition to the Legislature for the 
laying out of a public park. In support of the or- 
der he said the city ought not to be a petitioner 
for a park at present, for he believea it would be 
an act to enormously increase the public debt of 
the city. In his view the cily did not at present 
need a public park; we did not need a place for 
recreating, for it would take but a few minutes 
to ride into the country. He did not know 
what jobs were involved in the matter, but 
he had been assured that a sheep pasture 
which was bought for $100 per acre last year, 
near where the park was supposed to be called for. 
was now held at $1000 per acre. He was opposed 
to land jobbine:. and should oppose all schemes for 
such jobbing. Mr. Dickinson closed with a call 
for the yeas and nays on the amendment. 

Mr. Webster of Ward 6 also advocated the sub- 
stitute, believing that the city was not in a condi- 
tion to lay out a public park. 

Mr. Flynn opposed the substitute, believing that 
sufficient power was given in section 15 to settle 
the matter in a vote by the people. 

Mr. Emery of Ward 10 raised the question that 
the section 'referred to did not apply to this city 
but to other cities and towns. 

Mr. Flynn moved to lay the substitute on the ta- 
ble. 

The Chair ruled that the motion would lay the 
whole subject on the table, when the motion was 
withdrawn. 

Mr. Hull advocated the amendment, as a means 
of getting at the subjeet directly. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 said a motion to lay on the 
table would be equivalent to an indefinite post- 
ponement, and the question might as well be taken 
on that. He moved therefore to lay the subject on 
the table. Lost. 

The question recurred upon the motion of Mr. 
Dickinson, which was carried by a vote of 34 yeas 
to 21 nays, as follows: 

Yeas — Adams, Barker, Barnes, Brown, Clatur, 
Cunningham, Dickinson, Emery, Faxon, Foye, 
Hersey, Hull, Jacobs, Kendall, Kingsbury, Locke, 
McDevitt, Moulton, Niles, O'Brien, O'Connor, 
Patch, Perry, Pond, Prescott, Robertson, Robin- 
son, Kowe, Salmon, Smith, Stone, Webster, Wil- 
lis, Winch— 34. 

Nays— Ayer, Bonner, Bradt, Brooks, Burt, De- 
vine, Dolan, Flanders, Flynn, Gragg, Mullane, 
JSoyes, Perkins, Pope, Bobbins, Roberts, Ryan, 
Sayward, Squires, Vannevar, Woods — 21. 
The order as amended was as follows : 
Ordered, That His Honor the Mayor be requested 
to withdraw the petition recently presented bv the 
late Mayor to the General Court in reference to 
public parks, passed Dec. 29, 1870. 

The amended order was then passed, by a vote 
of 34 to 19. 
The Council then adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



71 



CITY JO F^ BOSTON, 

Proceeding's of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 20, 1871. 



Tue regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Mayor Gaston presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Thirty-five jurors were drawn for the Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Police Officer — Win. Oalder, for assignment to 
special duty. 

special Police Officers, without pay— Elbridge 
Bradshaw, lor Public Library; A. H. Ivinsley, G. 
B. Williams, W. 8. Crawford and Frank 1'hiuney, 
severally for duty at the Boston & Albany Rail- 
road; Matthew N. Rath, for India street and wharf. 

Field Driver — John 8. Undeiwood, East Boston, 
(on report of Alderman Woolley.) 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Trustees of estate of L. Gushing, for apportion- 
ment of Hanover street betterments. 

Thomas Connelly, for a reconsideration of his 
claim for street damages on Sixth street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Win. Day, for leave to have a bowling alley in rear 
of Loved'eed court. Referred to Committee on 
Licenses. 

John Ryan and others, that C street, between 
Sixth and Seventh streets, be graded and paved. 

Samuel C. Cobb and others, that the name of 
Milmont street he changed to Guild street. 

Ralph Haskins and others, that Blue Hill avenue 
be graded from Dudley to Warren streets. 

John Hennessy, to be paid for grade damages, 
No. 72 Dorchester avenue. 

John Rich and others, that the open space at the 
junction of Warren and Columbus avenues be 
called Columbus square. 

Robert S. Cole and others, that Washington 
street in Ward 1G be called Washington avenue. 

C. C. Esty and others, for the grade of Parker 
street, near Stony Brook. 

Deborah Pratt, for abatement of an assessment 
for a sidewalk on Eaton street. 

Brock & Crane, for leave to erect a stable on 
Adams street, Ward 16. 

Severally referred to Committee on Paving. 

Hens of Asa Smith, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in this city. 

Smith & Moseley, for leave to sprinkle certain 
streets in Roxbury. 

Henry Ashworth, tor leave tc erect a stable rear 
of 89 Hampshire street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

John B, Babcock and others, for use of Faneuil 
Hall May 2, for a gathering of High School scuol- 
ars. Referred to Committee on Faneuil Hall. 

George B. Nichols and others, that Washington 
park be inclosed with a suitable fence. Referred 
to Committee on Common. 

Grace Traill, to be pai I for damages done to the 
chimney of her house, No. 163 Athens street, by a 
fire-alarm bell. Referred to Committee on Claims. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of the American Consolidated Fire 
Extinguishing Company, of J. Sidney Jones, S. H. 
Walley and others, Sidney Bartlett and others, and 
of Calvin E. Torry and others, were referred, in 
concurrence. 

The reoort of the Committee on proposed new 
avenue to Cambridge was recommitted to Com- 
mittee on Streets, in concurrence. 

The request of School Committee for the erec- 
tion of a Primary Schoolhouse in the Prescott Dis- 
trict was referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence : 

Orderr that the Committee on Streets report 
upon the expediency of accepting Hunneman 
street as a public street. 

Report and order authorizing the Committee on 
the Suffolk Street District to expend from time to 
time from the loans for the improvement of that 
District, not exceeding $1000 for any one object 
connected with said improvement. 



Order to pay Lydia A. McGinly $4000, for estate 
No. 1 Hingham street, on her giving to the city 
satisfactory deed of the same, and release for all 
costs and damages in consequence of the taking 
of said estate. 

Order to pay Julia Conery $4800, with interest 
from the time of taking to that of payment, for es- 
tate No. 38 Porter street, on her giving to the city 
satisfactory deed of the same, and release for ail 
damages in consequence of the taking of said es- 
tate. 

Order to pay the heirs of George Kimball .$4500, 
for estate No. 64 Orange street, on their giving to 
the citv a satisfactory deed of the same, and re- 
lease for all damages in consequence of the taking 
ot said estate. 

Order for Committee on Suffolk Street District 
to consider the expediency of petitioning the Leg- 
islature tor an amendment of chap. 277 of acts 
of 1868, so as to include the south side of Dover 
street. 

The order for the heads of the several depart- 
ments of the City Government to report forthwith 
the names of all non-taxpayers in Boston, at pres- 
ent employed or who have been employed during 
the past year in said departments, being under 
consideration, 

Alderman Pierce proposed a substitute, which 
was adopted, as follows : 

Ordered, That the City Clerk be requested to 
procure and report to the City Council the names 
of all nou-resident taxpayers employed by the 
several departments ol the City Government, in- 
cluding the public schools. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of election of Stephen A. Stack- 
pole by the Common Council, in non-concurrence 
with the Hoard in the election of Michael J. Croak, 
was read, when the Board proceeded to an elec- 
tion, resulting as follows: 

Whole number of votes 11 

Neuessarv to a choice 6 

Michael J. Croak 6 

Stephen A. Stackpole 5 

Mr. Croak was declared to be again elected, in 
non-concurrence. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order to pay Caroline E. Cushing $135, for grade 
damages on Dorchester avenue and Silver street. 

Order to pay Isaac Adams $3000, for grade dam- 
ages on Broadway, from No. 5 to 9 and 10 to 12, and 
on Dorchester avenue, No. 128 to 136. 

Order to pay Job A. Turner, lessee of estate of 
F. S. Simonds and others, trustees, $3200, on es- 
tate 76 and 78 Eliot street. 

Order to continue the grading of Lamartiue 
street fifteen hundred feet beyond Centre street, 
at an expense not exceeding $5000. 

Order to pay Mary A. Smith $6100, for estate 75 
Castle street, within the Suffolk Street District. 

Order to abate $41 88 from assessment upon 
Samuel W. Jenkins, for a sewer in Dorchester, the 
same to be assessed upon Mary Marlow; also to 
abate $2 25 from assessment upon Auiasa Bailey, 
for a sewer in Fifth street, and $15 from assess- 
ment on W. J. & Geo. H. Keefe, for a sewer on 
Fifth street. 

The order to pay Charlotte E. Dewire $900 for 

grade uamages on Silver street, on motion of Al- 
ertuan Pierce, was laid on the table. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Police, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Madame 
Demorest lor leave to place a projecting sign at 
No. 21 Winter street. Accepted. 

Alderman Ricker, from the Committee to nom- 
inate a City Engineer, made a report recommend- 
ing the reelection of N. Henry Crafts. Laid over. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Sewers, 
reported leave to withdraw severally on petitions 
of John R. Hall for postponement of collection of 
his assessment for the Centre street sewer, and of 
Mary E. Browniug for abatement of assessment for 
a sewer in Centre street. Accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Streets, to whom was referred the 
orders requesting the Mayor to petition the Legis- 
lature for authority to construct a highway with 
solid filling across the South Bay, in extension of 
East Chester park, and also the remonstrance of 
Winslow Lewis and others, owners and lessees of 
wharves in Roxbury Creek, against the construc- 
tion of such a highway, made a report that iu their 



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omnlon the order ought not to pass. Accepted, 
and order rejected. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on 
Streets, reported no action necessary on the peti- 
tions of James W. Merriam, fcdward S. Hand and 
l.ydia Blanchard, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments, the petitioners having sever- 
ally elected to pay the betterments in full. Ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committeee on 
Licenses, reported iu favor of licenses, as fullows: 
Young Men's Christian Union, to give a dramatic 
entertainment at No. 300 Washington street, April 
3j also on 4th and 6th; also March 23 and 28; 
Henry L. J. Warren, to give a dramatic entertain- 
ment at No. 300 Washington street, March 30. 
severally accepted. 

Licenses were also reported iD favor of sundry 
persons, for wagon and hack stands, bootblack 
stands, and transfer of wagon licenses. Severally 
accepted. 

Alderman White, from the same committee, re- 
ported an order to revoke the license granted to 
Solomon Von Minden to deal in second-hand arti- 
cles at No. 148 Dorchester avenue, for cause. 
Accepted . 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported leave to withdraw severally on pe- 
titions of P. J. Hughes, to be paid for grade dam- 
ages on Newland street, No. 26 and of Adeline 
N ichols for damages for raising the grade of West 
Canton street. Accepted. 

Alderman Kicker, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on the Assessors' Department, to whom 
was referred the petition of Thayer Brothers for 
an abatement of taxts assessed on them for per- 
sonal property in 1867, made aTeport recommend- 
ing that the petitioners have leave to withdraw 
Accepted. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Fire Alarms, to whom was referred 
the petition of J. B. Hill and others that the fire- 
alarm apparatus on Philips Church be changed to 
the Baptist Church, South Boston, made a report 
that the petitioners have leave to withdraw. Ac- 
cepted. 

The same committee reported no action neces- 
sary on the order that the Committee on Fire 
Alarms consider the expediency of placing a gong 
in Hook and Ladder House No. 3. Accepted. 

Alderman Little, from,the Committee on Health, 
reported that leave be granted to Leander H. 
Jones, Benjamin Jones, Frederic Sowden, (3. H. 
Moseley, Smith & Walker, Orsamus Nute, and 
Malachi Clark, severally to sprinkle certain. streets 
in this city; Michael Gormley to sprinkle certain 
streets, with the exception of Commonwealth av- 
enue. Accepted. 

The same committee reported in favor of peti- 
tions to build stables, as follows: Michael Miley, 
a wooden stable for four horses, corner of Third 
and H streets: C. Tilden, Jr., to use a building for 
a stable at 67 Warren street; J. B. Case, to build a 
stable with four stalls rear of lot on Common- 
wealth avenue. Accepted. 

Leave to withdraw was reported on petitions as 
follows: Samuel Ford, for leave to sprinkle Wash- 
ington and other streets ; W. L. C Thayer, for a 
stable on Bowen street; Orsamus Nute, to build a 
stable in rear of Dartmouth street; Kalph Has- 
kins and others, for leave to enlarge a stable on 
Utica place. Accepted. 

The report(leave to withdraw)on petition of Har- 
vey Wait to build a stable on Bolton street being 
under consideration, Alderman Cowdin inquired 
what were the grounds of the report of t'ae com- 
mittee. 

Alderman Little replied that tne stable was in 
an improper place, seventy-five feet in length, 
imperfectly constructed, and no attempt had been 
made to prevent noise or smell, as an annoyance 
to the neight>ors. The committee had a hearing 
of the abutters, who made objection to it, and they 
were satisfied that in its present condition the 
building was not tit to be used as a stable. 

Alderman Cowdin stated that there were several 
stables in the immediate locality of this stable of 
Mr. Wait, and there could not be any objection to 
another, or to the enlargement of this stable, 
under proper provisions. He hoped the report 
would be (aid on the table and that a hearing 
wduld take place, and such an agreement made as 
would prove to be satisfactory. It was hardly 
fair that the neighborhood should be tilled up 
with stables, and in this case that the party should 
be refused. He moved that the report be 
recommitted, and that the committee may ascer- 
tain whPther the request may not be granted if 



proper reconstruction of the stable shall he made. 

Alderman Little, in reply, said if the Alderman 
had been on the committee, he could not have 
done otherwise than agreed to the report. The 
committee had a long session on the subject ami 
fully considered the matter, hearing all parties 
interested. The petitioner had constructed his 
s-table without asking permission, and it appeared 
to be iu an improper place, with a street back of 
it but twenty feet wide, and no cellar, throwing 
the drainnge'upon his neighbors, with no effort to 
prevent this on the part of the petitioner. In fact 
their houses were in the position of a cellar to the 
stable. It was noc the dutv of the committee to con- 
struct his stable for him. If at any time he is ready 
to construct the stable as it should be, they may con- 
sent to approve of it. The water from the root of 
the stable falls upon his neighbor-, and they are 
subject to the annoyance of the drainage and noise 
of the sable. If the gentleman had heard the ev- 
idence and seen the place, he could not with all 
his liberality have consented to a report in favor 
of the petition. 

Alderman Cowdin said he had no doubt lie 
should have agreed with the Alderman on his 
statements. But he had been informed that the 
party was willing to construct the stable different- 
ly, and he had no doubt that he will construct it 
as he shou'd do, and fix it up to satisfy the com- 
mittee. 

The motion to recommit was lost, when the re- 
port was accepted. 

STONY BROOK SEWEK. 

The Committee on Sewers, to whom was referred 
the communication of the Commissioners of West 
Koxbury requesting the cooperation of the city in 
establishing a new and improved channel for Stony 
Brook, made a report, as follows: 

That this brook is the receptacle of the drainage 
of a large extent of country, nearlv 8000 acres in 
extent; the channel through the city limits being 
about two miles in It ngth, running from Boylston 
Station on the Providence Railroad along or near 
the track to the junction of Tremo.it and Wash- 
ington streets, thence east of Tremont to Culvert 
street, and through Culvert and Kogers streets to 
tide-water, near Day's ropewalk, forming in its 
lower part the largest sewer in the city, twenty 
feet wide by eight feet high. 

fhe increasing population along the vallev of 
the stream has compelled the city of Koxbury in 
former years to enlarge, deepen, and cover the 
channel'in the lower section, for purposes of sew- 
erage, and to prevent a nuisance, and before an- 
nexation to the city some steps had been taken 
towards improving the drainage of the upper por- 
lion from the .Metropolitan stables to the West 
Koxbury line. All the causes which rendered an 
improvement necessary have of course increased 
rapidly since annexation, by the great stimulus 
given to building operations along its borders. 

Within the last two or three years, the town of 
West Koxbury, anxious to improve the drainage, 
caused extensive plans to be made in conjunction 
with this city, by which it appeared that the town 
could not carry out the improvements which it 
contemplated until the city of Boston had deep- 
ened the channel up to the boundary line between 
them. Under these circumstances an act of the 
Legislature was procured and the authorised Com- 
missioners of the town have requested tne coiip- 
eiation of the city. 

The committee have had frequent interviews 
with all the parties interested, and have become 
familiar with the present condition of the brook, 
and though it is apparent that wherever such 
streams of water run through thickly populated 
territory, the corporate authorities are sooner or 
later obliged to inclose and cover the channel, 
and realizing the great benefit to the abutting 
parties by better drainage and complete protec- 
tion from the freshets of the brook, yet they felt 
that the immediate benefit to the town of \Vest 
Koxbury was so great as t» warrant them in ask- 
ing that it should pay a part of the cost of the 
work in this city. After much negotiation and 
obtaining the necessary legislation, the town now 
offers to pay the city $33,000, being one-third the 
estimated cost within the city limits, if the work 
can be immediately carried out. 

The committee, believing this proposition from 
the town to be a liberal <»ne, and the present a 
favorable time to complete this work, which in 
any case must soon be done on our own account, 
beg to offer the following orders, authorizing the 
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bury authorities in regard to the payment of their 
proportion of the expense, and providing, by a 
loan of $75,000, for the expense to be borne by the 
city. George W. Pope, 

Charles E. Jenkins, 
Henby L. Piekce, 

Committee on Sewers. 

Ordered, That his Honor the Mayor be and he 
i 5 hereby authorized to sign an agreement with 
the proper authorities of West Koxbury, pursuant 
to the provisions of cbapter 223 of the acts of 1868, 
and of chapter 220 of the acts of 1870, of the Legis- 
lature, by which the city.shall build a new channel 
tor Stony Brook up to the boundary line, and said 
town shall pay to the city the sum of $ 33,000. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be and he is here - 
by authorized, under the direction of the Commit- 
tee on finance, to borrow the sum of $75,000, and 
the same is hereby constituted a special appropria- 
tion for Stony Brook. 

The orders were read once. 

ADDITIONAL ELIOT STKEET LOAN. 

The Committee on Streets respectfully report 
that an additional loan of $40,000 will be required 
for the paymeut of unsettled damages occasioned 
by the widening of Eliot street, between Washing- 
ton and Pleasant streets. 

The loan authorized at tbe time of the passage of 
the resolve for widening the street, December 31, 
1869, was $350,000. The amount of damages paid 
from this loan to date is $338,072 83; leaving a bal- 
ance on hand of $11,927 17. 

There yet remain unsettled claims on this street, 
estimated at $52,000. Deducting the balance on 
hand ($11,927 17) from this amount, it leaves a bal- 
ance of $40,072 83 to be provided for by an addi- 
tional loan. 

$26,376 04 has been paid from the Eliot Street 
Loan for paving, which amount was not included 
in the estimate of damages at the time the street 
was widened. 

The committee would therefore recommend the 
passage of the accompanying order, making an 
additional loan of $40,000. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles E. Jenkins, 
Edward A. White, 
Samuel Little, 

Committee on Streets. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be, and he hereby 
is authorized to borrow, under the direction of the 
Committee on Finance, the sum of forty thousand 
dollars, the same to be added to the Eliot Street 
Loan. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

orders passed. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Legislative 
Matters on the part of this Board be instructed to 
apply to the General Court, now in session, for the 
passage ol an act extending the time within which 
assessments may be made upon the estates on Fort 
Hill benefited by the grading of the territory, and 
laying, out and improving, the streets therein, now 
in progress. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Samuel Hitch- 
cock the sumof $ 136 80, for land taken and all dam- 
ages occasioned by the laying, out. widening, and 
extension of Clin' street, by a resolve of Decem- 
ber 30,1870,conditioned upon giving to the city a sat- 
isfactory release for all damages,, costs and ex- 
penses; to be charged to the appropriation for 
Laying Out and Widening Streets. 

ordered, That there be paid to Patrick Mulvey 
the sum of $5969 75, for 2431 square feet of land, 
taken in the name of Abraham' Shu man, and oil 
damages occasioned by the extension of Harrison 
avenue, by a resolve of November 11, 1870, condi- 
tioned upon giving to the city a satisfactory- re- 
lease for all damages, costs and expenses ; to be 
charged to the appropriation for the Extension 
of Harrison Avenue. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Abraham Shu- 
man the sum of $8450, for 1580 square feet of land 
taken from and all damages occasioned to his 
estate by the extension of Harrison avenue, by a> 
resolve of November 11, 1870, conditioned upon a 
release of all his right and title in a parcel of land 
adjoining his said estate taken in the extension of 
Harrison avenue from a person or persons un- 
known, and upon his release of the city from all 
damages and costs in said taking; and that the 
same be charged to the Harrison Avenue Exten- 
sion Loan. 



Ordered, That there be paid to George W. Phil- 
lips the sum of $588, for land taken anil all dam- 
ages occasioned bv the extension of Shawmut av- 
enne, by a resolve of October 10, 1870, conditioned 
upon his giving to the city a satisfactory release 
from all damages, costs and, expenses; to be 
charged to the Shawmut Avenue Extension Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Dennis Sullivan 
the sum of $7086, for land taken and all damages 
occasioned by the widening of Kingston street, by 
a resolve of December 30, 1870, conditioned upon a 
release of the city from all damages, costs and ex- 
penses; to be charged to tbe appropriation foe 
the Widening of Kingston Street. 

'Jit motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Whereas, By an order of the Board passed Dec. 
24 ; 1870, assessing betterments on account of the 
widening of Eliot street, certain estates numbered 
103, 105 and 107 on said street, and supposed to be- 
long to Elizabeth W. Stevens, were assessed with 
the sum of $4250, an account of benefit derived 
from said widening; and whereas, it has been 
found that estates numbered 103 and 105 only are 
the property of said Stevens, and that number 107 
Eliot street is owned by Bradley Koyce; it is 
therefore hereby 

Ordered, That the assessment of betterments on 
account of the widening of Eliot street be so 
amended as to apportion tbe said assessment of 
$4250 upon the estates of said Koyce and Stevens, 
No. 107 and Nos. 105 and 103 in the sums of $950 
and $3300 respectively ; and that tbe estate of said 
Koyce, No 107 Eliot street, is hereby assessed 
with $950, and tbe estate of said Stevens, Nos. 105 
and 103 Eliot street, with $3300, on account of the 
widening of said Eliot street. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Prentiss, Halleck and Mindoro streets to furnish 
edgestones to support the sidewalks within twenty 
da vs. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Woodbine street to furnish edgestones to support 
the sidewalks within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the bills for refreshments since 
January 1, 1871, for the Committees on Accounts, 
Public Institutions, Water, Claims, Assessors' De- 
partment, Public Instruction, Salaries, Elections 
on part of the Common Council, and for enter- 
taining visitors from other cities ; also for carriage 
hire for committees and members of the Govern- 
ment, all furnished while engaged in the perform- 
ance of official duty, and not chargeable to any 
general or special appropriation, be allowed for 
payment by the Auditor ot Accounts, they having 
been approved in the usual manner, tbe total 
amount being $646 73, and to be charged to the 
appropriation for Incidental Expenses. 

Alderman Pierce, in explanation of the above or- 
der, stated that it had been a custom for the Mayor 
to approve such bills, but the committee could 
rind no legal authority for him to approve such 
bills by OTder, ordinance or statute. With a desire 
to have the payment of bills of expenses of com- 
mittees entirely legal, it has been deemed best to> 
have them? passed upon in the usual manner as 
those of members of the City Government. 

On motion of Alderman Pbpe, 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer be and he is 
hereby directed to abate the bill of $19 33 against 
J. L. Simonds for repairs on sidewalk in front 
of his estate on Suffolk street, said sidewalk soon 
after being repaired having been taken up and re- 
moved in the raising of the Suffolk street terri- 
tory. 

Whereas, it appears to the Board that a necessi- 
ty exists for the construction of a common sewer 
in Milk street, at the upper end, it is hereby 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
and is hereby directed to construct a common 
sewer in said Milk street, and to report a schedule 
of the expense to this Board, pursuant to law. 

Alaerman Cowdin offered the following: order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Armories be 
authorized to expend a sum not exceeding $500 
towards the reception and entertainment of the 
members of tbe Old Sixth Kegiment, M. V. M., in 
this city ; said sum to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Incidentals. 

Alderman Cowdin stated the circumstances of 
the adding to the Sixtn Kegiment of a company 
from this city, designated as Company K, which 
went into service for three months with the Sixth 
Kegiment, and went through Baltimore with it. 
For several years past, the towns and cities from 



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the ex- 
enlisted 
in their 
country 
the sur- 
amount 
the first 
to go out to save the capital. His friend, the 
Alderman, he thought would he the last to object, 
for he knew his iove of eountry, and the aid he 
afforded to volunteers in the town of Dorchester, 
now the Sixteenth Ward. He believed it to be his 
duty to report in favor of this aid to these men, 
and be hoped it would not he considered as a 
precedent. 

Alderman Pierce said he did not know why this 
appropriation should be made because they were 
the first troops that went out. He bad learned 
from sacred authority that the men who went to 
work at the eleventh liour were entitled to equal 
pay with those of the first hour. If this was grant- 
ed, he knew not why others should not ask and re- 
ceive similar aid. There was no reason why they 
should not. The ciiy would not fail to assign the 
veterans to positions of conspicuous honor on 
great occasions, nor fail to properly recognize 
them in sueh festivities, which would be far better 
than to pay out by piecemeal $500 for each com- 
pany. He hoped therefore that the Alderman 
would postpone asking for such an appropriation 
until an opportunity offered when this regiment 
could be honored in company with others. 

Alderman Cowdin, in allusion to the eleventh 
hour men in the war, wished to know whether in 
all fairness those who went out first should he 
compared with them. He would like to know 
whether tho eleventh hour men were entitled to 
so much consideration as were those who left 
their homes with little other inducement than 
patriotism, at the small pay Of $11 per month. 
They had not the inducement of $16 per month, 
the State bounty of $325, the Government bounty 
of $300, and $200 or $300 from their towns, which 
the eleventh hour men received, who also got so 
much praise, and were showered with offices, 
promotions and brevets. 

The order was lost, by a vote of 4 to 7, as follows: 

Ycas-Cowdiu, Talbot, White, Woolley. 



winch the companies came have defrayed the ex 
peine of celebrations, and it is proposed I iy the 
regiment to come to this city the present year; 
as the members of the company from Boston are 
not able to bear the expense of the entertainment 
of the regiment, he hoped the order would pass. 

Alderman Pier. :e said he hoped the order would 
not pass. If adopted at this late day, it would 
open a wide door to such kind of receptions. The 
State, citv and citizens bad been liberal to tho 
soldiers, and he was ready to pay all due honors to 
them, but if a beginning was made in the inaugu- 
ration of receptions, there would be no end to 
thein. If granted in this case, with what grace 
can it be denied in others, and they would never 
know where to stop. He was willing to do any- 
thing as a citizen, and there were many others who 
were wil.mg t" do all that may be asked of them, 
but they had no rigbt to put their hands into the 
public treasury for this purpose. 

Alderman Jenkins called for the reading of the 
order, when Alderman Pierce added that there 
was no legal authority for such an appropriation, 
and it was nut within the practice of the govern- 
ment nor in good policy to make such expendi- 
tures. 

Alderman Cowdin said the committee had the 
subject under full discussion, and feared that it 
might be looked upon as a precedent in the fu- 
ture, but they put it down as a determination not 
to allow themselves to be drawn into other expen- 
ditures on that account. When his own regiment 
went out among the first for three years' service 
they were assured by the Governor that on their 
return they would be crowned with flowers on 
their brows. But instead of being covered with 
flowers, some of them came home only to meet the 
frowns of politicians. 

Many of the men in this company, after 
piration of their three months' service, 
again for three years; some of them are 
graves at the South, and now, when the 
is again at peace, a request is made by 
vivors for aid in a celebration. The 
is but a small pittance. They were 



Nays— Cutter, Gibson, Jenkins. Little, Pierce, 
Pope, Picker. 

ELECTION OF SECOND ASSImTAITT ASSESSORS. 

The election of Second Assistant Assessors was 
taken up, a»d a ballot resulted as follows : 

Whole number ot votes n 

Accessary to a choice (j 

Ward I— Districts 1 and 2. 

Daniel J. Sweeney 10 

John Noble 1 1 

JolmDounelly 1 

Ward i— Districts 3 end 4. 

John F. Fiynn 11 

Thomas Caswell 10 

John Donnelly t 

Ward 3— District 5. 

Horatio N. Holbrook fi- 

Eugene C. Doimellv < 

E. W . James l 

Ward 4— Districts 6 ai.dl. 

Martin Do u ling iO 

W. S. Whitney " 

John Ktlley 2 

E. W. James i 

. Ward 5—DistrictsSand9. 

Pierce A. Doherty <i 

John J. Oh Hi van. h 

Koger II. Scannell 3 

John Donnedy f 

Ward ^-District 10. 

John L. Briaharn 10 

John T. Prince 1 

Ward 1— District 11. 

John U. Gihlin 11 

Ward S—Distnct 12. 

Ira D. Davenport II 

Ward H— District 13. 

Charles Nowell It 

Ward\[)-District 14. 

Thaddeus Gould 10 

James Perkins l 

Ward 1 1— District 15. 

George W. Skinner 11 

Ward 12 -Districts T6 andl't. 

Thomas Leavitt 10 

William H. Mason 7 

George Uolmes 5 

Ward n-District 18. 

John D. Carty 8 

Alexander Stuart 3 

Ward U— District W. 

William H. McTntosh 10 

Patrick Traverse 1 

Ward 15- District 20. 

Edward Kelly 10 

Henry A. Drake 1 

Ward 16— Districts 21 and 22. 

E. U.K. Ruggles 9 

Oliver Hal I li 

Jonathan Battles, Jr 5 

A. D. Capen 2 

Messrs. Sweeney, Noble, Flynn, Caswell, Hol- 
brook, Dowling, Whitney, Gallivan, Doherty, 
Brigham, Giblin, Davenport. Nowell, Gould, Skin- 
ner, Leavitt, Mason, Carty. Mcintosh. Kelly, Kusr- 
gles and Hall, were declare;! to be elected. Messrs. 
Holbrook, Doherty. Mason, Carty and Hall were 
not the nominees of the committee. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

Older to pay P. & T. J. Dunbar $1000, for grade 
damages on Dorchester avenue and Second street. 

Order to piy Thomas Leavitt $3500, for grade 
damages on Dorchester avenue. 

Order authorizing the erection of a tower, with 
fire-alarm apparatus, on engine-house comer of 
Dorchester and Fourth streets. 

Order authorizing the erection of a shed for the 
use of the Paving Department at the city ledge, 
Codman street, Ward 16, at an expeiise of $1200. 

Order authorizing the purchase of a stone- 
crusher and steam engine, at a cost of $3000. 

Order to pay Joseph X. Sturtevant $5500, for es- 
tate Xo. 79 Eineraldstreec, taken by the city. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY 0F_B0ST0N. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 23, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening at 7|£ o'clock, Mat- 
thias Rich, the President, in the cbaar. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitious of Chas. B. Nichols and others, 
and of Grace Traill, were severally referred, iu 
concurrence. 

The following reports were accepted, in concur- 
rence : 

Report^ (leave to withdraw), on the petition of 
J. B. Hill and others, lor the removal of the fire- 
alarm apparatus on the Pnilllps Church to the 
Baptist Church in South Boston. 

(Leave to withd.aw) on the petition of Thayer 
Brothers foi an abatement of tax for personal 
propeify, in 18(37. 

Report (no action necessary) on the order for the 
Committee on Fire Alarms to consider the expe- 
diency of placing a gong in Hook aud Ladder 
House No. 3. 

The amendment to order for the reporting of the 
names of nnn-taxpaying employes of the city, 
that the names of all non-resident tax-payers em- 
ployed by the city (including those in the public 
schools) be reported by the City Clerk, coming up 
for consideration, 

Air. Brown of Ward 2 stated that although he 
had no special objection to the order, in itself, yet 
as it destroyed much of the object of the original 
order, he moved to strike out all after the word 
'Ordered," and insert "that the City clerk be re- 
quested to procure and report to the City Council 
the names of ail non-resident tax-payers at pres- 
ent employee], or who have been employed during 
the past year, by the several departments of the 
City Government, including the public schools. 

The amendment was adopted, and as amended 
the order was passed, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Order appointing John S. Underwood of East 
Boston a Field Driver and Bound Keeper for that 
section. 

Older to pay Mary A. Smith $6100 for estate 75 
Castle street. 

The report nominating City Engineer was read 
aud the election was laid over. 

The following orders were severally read once : 

Report and order for a loan of forty thousand 
dollars, to be added to the Eliot Street Loan. (City 
Doc. .No. 21, 1871.) 

Order for the payment of bills (referred to in 
said order) for refreshments since January 1, 1871, 
for the Committees on Accounrs, Public Institu- 
tions, Water, Claims, Assessors' Department, 
Public Instruction, Salaries, Elections on ptrt of 
the Common Council, for entertaining visitors 
from other cities, and for carriage hire for com- 
mittees and members of the Government, all fur- 
nished while performing official duty. 

ELECTION OF FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of election of M.J. Croak as a 
First Assistant Assessor, in place of S. A. stack- 
pole, chosen by the Council, was read, when the 
Council proceeded to an election. Messrs. Smith 
of Ward 10, Brennan of Ward 13, and Salmon of 
Ward 3 were appointed a committee to receive and 
count the votes, and reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 60 

Necessary to a choice 11 

M. J. Croak 32 

S. A. Stackpole 27 

A. R.Holden 1 

Mr. Croak was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

order to contract with M. Drinan, or the next 
lowest bidder, lor raising, moving and underpin- 
ning the buildings on sectiou ten of Suffolk street 
District. 

Order to contract with S. D. Richards, or the 
next lowest bidder, for raising, moving and under- 
pinning the buildings on section nine, in said dis- 
trict. 

Order to contract; with John S. Blair, or the next 
lowest bidder, for raising, moving and underpin- 



ning the buildings on section twelve, in said dis- 
trict. 

Order to contract with Boynton & Brothers & 
Freeman, or the next lowest bidder, for raising, 
moving and underpinning the buildings on section 
fourteen of said district. 

Order to contract with M. Drinan, or the next 
lowest bidder, for raising, moving and underpin- 
ning the buildings on section thirteen, in said 
district. 

Order to contract with Colby & Trumbull, the 
lowest bidders, for building a stone abutment for 
the iron bridge over Orange street. 

Order to pay Company D, Ninth Regiment In- 
fantry, M. V. !£., $400, for repairs of armory, 120 
Eliot street. 

Order authorizing the driveways of engine 
houses 17 and 21 to be paved. 

Order to provide masters' rooms and libraries in 
the Ouincy, Everett, Dwight and Hancock school- 
hvuses. 

Order to pay Company E, Ninth Regiment of 
Infantry, M. V. M., $400, tor repairs of armory, 120 
Eliot street. 

Order to advertise for a site for Engine House 15, 
to be located on Broadway, between Foundry ami 
B streets, or on Dorchester avenue, between First 
and Seventh streets. 

f he order to pay Marv A. Smith $6100 was indef- 
initely postponed, a similar order having been 
passed. 

The orders for the purchase from S. E. Brown of 
4350 square feet of laud, on the eastern side of Tre- 
mont street, near the junction of Cabot street, as a 
site for Hose Company No. 7, at not exceeding 
§8750, and for a loan to pay for said site, were con- 
sidered. 

Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 14 stated that he had 
learned from the Auditor there was no necessity 
for making the loan contemplated for the second 
order, and moved to substitute for it the follow- 
ing: 

Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts be au- 
thorized to transfer from the Reserved Fund the 
sum of $8750, and that said sum be a special ap- 
propriation for the purchase of said land. 

The substitute was adopted, and the orders, as 
amended, were passed. 

ELECTION OF BALLAST INSPECTORS. 

The report on nomination of Inspectors of 
Lighters was accepted, and the certificate of elec- 
tion was read, when the Council proceeded to an 
election. Messrs. Clatur of Ward 4, Smith of 
Ward 1, and Ryan of Ward 13 were appointed a 
committee to receive and count the votes, and 
reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 57 

Necessary to a choice >y 

Edward Hatch, Inspector-in-Chief 57 

John Kenny, Assistant 56 

Charles C. Davis, Assistant 55 

Abijah R. Tewksbury, Assistant 3S) 

James Flynn, Assistant 13 

Win. L. Battis, Assistaut 1 

Messrs. Hatch, Kenny, Davis and Tewksbury 
were declared to be elected, in concurrence. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The report of committee nominating Second 
Assistant Assessors, was accepted, and the cer- 
tificate of election was read, when the Council 
proceeded to an election. A communication was 
read from John L. Brigham, stating that as it had 
been decided that the duties of his position as 
book-keeper of Suffolk Street District would not 
allow his acceptance of the office of Second As- 
sistant Assessor, for which he had been nomi- 
nated, he respectfully requested that his name be 
withdrawn as a candidate for that office in District 
10. Messrs. Squires of Ward 8, Flynn of Ward 7, 
and Patch of Ward 11 were appointed a commit- 
tee to receive and count the votes. The commit- 
tee reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 60 

Necessary to a choice 31 

Ward 1— Districts 1 and 2. 

Daniel J. Sweeney 58 

John Noble 5S 

Ward I— Districts 3 and 4. 

John F. Flynn 58 

Thomas Caswell 58 

James Healy 1 

Wardi— Districts. 

Eugene C. Donnelly . 39 

Horatio N. Holbrook 14 

E. W. James 3 

Joseph Allen 3 



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it./, d 4 d » dl. 

Martin Doivling 57 

W . S . \V h i t ! i oy fiti 

.John . Kelly 3 

Ward a— Districts 8 «J/<79. 

John .1 Callivan 53 

Kegel' II. Scanned 34 

Pierce V. Dohei ty 25 

John Donuedy 6 

Ward -District 10. 

.loli n T. Prince 53 

John \j. ISii^ham 7 

Ward 1— District II. 
John U. Oiblin 59 

Wan! ^-Distr.cl 12. 
Ira n. Davenport 60 

Ward 9— District 13. 

Charles Nowell 80 

ITarcf lu— District 14. 
Thaddeus Gould 60 

Ffcwrd !1^0i#*»'$ 15. 

George W. Skinner 60 

iy«r(/ 12 -Districts 16 «//tfl7. 

Thomas Leavitt 56 

William H. Mason 30 

George Holmes 29 

Ward 13- District 13. 

John D. Cart y 24 

Alexander Stuart 33 

Patrick Traverse i 

Ward ii-District 19. 

William H. Mcintosh 60 

Ward\b-DistricflQ. 

Kdward Kelly 52 

Henry A. Drake 6 

Oliver Hall 1 

Ward K-Districts 21 and 22. 

E. II. K. Rugglefi 51 

Oliver Hall 21 

A. D. Gapen 26 

Jonathan Battles. Jr 3 

Messrs. Sweeney, Noble, Flynn, Caswell, Don- 
nelly, Dowling, Whitney, Galhvan, Scaimell, 
Prince, Uihlin, Davenport, Nowell, Gould, skin- 
ner, l.eavitt, Stuart, Mcintosh, Kelly, ami Buffgles 
were declare.! to be elected. Messrs. Donnelly, 
Scaimell, Prince and Stuar^, were in non-concur- 
rence, and there was no choice of one each from 
Wards 12 and 16. 

On the second ballot, the committee reported 09 
votes cast, more than the number of members, 
and the ballot was set aside. 

The Council proceeded to a third ballot, the re- 
•ult of winch was as follows: 

Whole number of votes 54 

Necessary to a choice 28 

Ward 11— Districts 16 and 17. 

W. H. Mason 27 

George Holmes 25 

Ward Mi— Districts 21 a>,d 22. 

( Diver Hall 29 

A. D. < alien 23 

Mr. Hall was declared to be elected, in eoncm- 
rence, and there was again no choice in Ward 12. 
A ft urlli ballot resulted as follows: 

Wlicl- number ot votes 5S 

Necessary to a choice 30 

W. H. Mason 23 

George Holmes .'.'. 27 

(). Hall H 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 raised a question o. order, 
that if the three votes for O. Hall were for an in- 
eligible person, tbey should net have been court- 
ed, and there would have been an election. 

The chairman of the committee stated there was 
no evident c that there was no person by the name 
of 0. Hall in the ward, and the Chair ruled that 
the point of order was not sustained. 
The fifth ballot resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a Choice 30 

W. H. Mason 29 

Ge r^e Holmes 29 

The sixth ballot was as follows: 

Whole n in nber of votes 69 

Necessary to a choice 31 

W. 11. Mason 26 

George Holmes 34 

Mr. Holmes was declared to be elected, in non- 
concurrence. 

The order authorizing the erection of a building 
on the north end of the Court House for K.ngiue 
No. 1, at an expense Of , was considered. 

Mr. kimrshurv of Waul 15 stated that the blank 
should be tilled with the sum of §20,01)0. Adopted. 

Mr. Kingsbury moved to Strike out the words 

"Engine lion .. tntl Insert '"piibfic buildings." 



Mr. Peikins of Want wi.-died to know what 
was to be lone under the older. If it was propo- ed 
to take down the steps and yortico, and put up a 
building on the end of the Court House, it would 
give it a hideous appearand .and would cost more 
l nan it would to put no a suitable building some- 
where else. He wished to know wh:it. kind of 
building was to be put up before voting for it. 

On motion of Mr. smith of Waid 10, the order 
was postponed to Ihnrsday evening next, 8 
o'clock. 

.Mr. Webster of Ward 6 moved an adjournment. 
Lost— 18 to 35. 

I i;i:k ri:i:i:lls JPO EAST BOSTON. 
The order that the ferries between Last Boston 
and the city proper be maintained and oper 
free of tolls, was taken up for consideration. 

Mr. Webster ot Ward (i said he did not propose 
lo say anything on the; merits ot this subject, lot 
to speak. upon the manner in which it hail been 
brought before the City Council. The subject was 
b 'light up on a petition for the modification of 
the tolls for lumber transportation) and then a 
communication from the Directors in relation to 
a flowing foot passengers to pass free of toils was 
referred to the eumnntti e. tin this an order was 
passed upon the expediency of reducing the tolls. 
The committee made a report Kei>. 27 to abolish 
all the tolls, and on the 7r.h ot March the subject 
was considered in the Hoard of Aldermen, and he 
should judge from the report of the discussion 
that ten or fifteen minutes were o -cumed, when 
the order was passed. There was no light given 
on the subject by the report, nor in tbe Hoard of 
Aldermen. It was a measure of great importance, 
and the Council should give it consideration; it 
involved a great amount of expense, and if passed 
Ibis expense could never b" relieved from. It 
therefore should pot be nassed tonight. He had 
in bis possession a petition signed by John ('. 
Bucknaui, Lyman Nichols, James Cheever.Alpbous 
Hardy and seventy-seven others, Who wisp to be 
heard on the subject before any action is taken. 

These petitioners were of an intelligent class of 
men who don't put their names to a paper without 
consideration, and no one should object to trive 
such men a hearing. He moved that the petition 
be referred to a committee, consisting of the Pres- 
ident of the Council and one member from each 
ward, to hear the petitioners, rhecommitteeshoi.ld 
be large, so that reasons pro and eon in such a 
measure should be fully heard and acted upon. 
He did not intend to enter into the merits of the 
ease, but wished it to be referred to such a com- 
mittee that they may ventilate it so that the mem- 
bers of the Council may vote intelligently. 

So far as related to the people of Last Boston, 
he wished to give them all the consideration 
which their situation entitles them to. Perhaps 
it was a misfortune to the city and to Last Boston 
that they were separated by the harbor. Various 
expedients, however, wore possible in removing 
the obstacles to freer intercourse. It was poi Bible 
to build a tunnel under the channel, (ienrlemen 
may smile, yet such a means of communication is 
not impracticable. In Chicago they have a tunnel 
under the river, and a new tunnel "has been con- 
structed under the Thames, which is a great suc- 
cess. The old Thames tunnel it is proposed to u^e 
for railways. It was possii/le that Last Boston 
might be accommodated in some such way iu a 
better manner and at less expense. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 considered the propo>i- 
tionan extraordinary one. Instead of having a 
committee of one member fiom each ward, here 
are four members from each ward, who were 
considering the subject, and he preferred to have 
them vote, uiion it. it was right in such a case to 
call things by their proper names, and this kind 
of action simply means a defeat of the project. 
Why was this petition not presented beloie? lie 
appealed to the friends of free ferries to stand by 
the people of Last Boston; public opinion was 
with them, and the people expected the Cos noil 
to pass this order. There had been plenty of time 
in which to consider it, and every man had had 
time to ascertain bow to vote on the subject. 

Mr. Kyan of \\ aid 13, a- chairman of the Com- 
mittee on ferries on the part of the Council, 
stated that he felt if to be hi: duty to narrate the 
action of the committee. The petition and the com • 
niunication of the Board of Directors were fully 
considered by the committee. At one meeting 

they were unable to agree, but. after further con- 
sideration, at another meeting, they came to tho 
conclusion that the terries were a public highway 
over which the people Of Las: Boston must trav< I 
portions of the city, and that tin. 



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tolls should lie abolished. The people of East 
Boston were ns much entitled to a highway to the 
other portions of the city as the people of other 
sections were. The proposition to refer go another 
committee was a reflection on the Committee on 
Ferries, and he hoped that no such acttou as was 
proposed would be adopted. 

.Mr. \\ ehstor said it was not. intended to cast any 
reflection on the Committee on Ferries, out that 
citizens so respectable who had petitioned the 
Council should have ao opporebnity to give their 
views, and ascertain what they are about to do. 

Mr. li'van said he had never known of so extraor- 
dinary a proposition before, after a committee 
had considered and reported on a subject. If such 
action was to be taken he would resign his place 
on the committee, and should consider a man un- 
lit to be here, as the representative of the people, 
if he could not be trusted in his action on a com- 
mittee. There could be no question that the peo- 
ple of Fast Boston were entitled to a highway, as 
were the people to every avenue to the' outlying 
districts. They merely ask for a free highway, 
such as the people of ail other sections have. 

When the subject was first brought before the 
committee, they considered the question of re- 
ducing- the tolls' to foot passengers, and when they 
determined to make the terries free t-a foot passen- 
gers they thought it not advisable to keep men to 
collect tolls for teams, and for that reason came 
to the conclusion in favor of abolishing the whole. 
'1 here was no question of so much importance to 
the people of East Boston, and it was the opinion 
of every uiic that the ferries should be free. They 
should be free that capitalists may build on the 
unoccupied laud; that the shops of mechanics, 
now closed, may be occupied ; and in being free, 
the city will soo i get back in the increased pros- 
perity of Fast Boston what the city pays to run the 
ferries. 

Mr. h'yan said he hid procured statistics to show 
the disadvantages of Fast Boston as compared 
with other sections of the city, in 1867, the as- 
sessed valuation of Kast Boston was $12,408,000; 
and in 1870, $13,296,000; in Wards 7 and 12 the val- 
uation in 1867 was $23,310,000, and in 1S70, $34,791,- 
000; in the Highlands, the valuation in 1867 was 
$26,551,000* and iu 1870, $46,746,000. This shows 
the increase in Fast Boston to have beenbut $828,- 
(loo, while in South Boston it was $7,411,000; and in 
the Highlands, sii0,:i!)-j,ooo. The difference was to 
lie found in the numerous broad avenues to Itox- 
bory and South Boston, while East Boston wasde- 
prived of them in its intercourse with ihe rest of 
the city. The b^st that could be done would be to 
give them one such avenue, and that could only 
be by a free ferry. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 inquired what the ques- 
tion was, and on a statement by the Chair, said if 
the question was to be considered, it should he by 
.i full Council, tic should wish to hear all that 
might lie said on the subject, and so he thought 
would all others. He would move that it be refer- 
red to a committee, consisting of all the members 
of the Council. 

The Chair stated the question on this motion. 

Mr. Ryan moved to lav on the table, and on a 
statement of the Chair that it would lay the whole 
subject on the table, withdrew the motion. 

Mr". Webster said he would accent the amend- 
ment of Mr. Winch. 

Mr. Brooks or Ward 1 said they had all the in- 
formation on this suhject which they could ask. 
It seemed to be peculiar that this petition should 
come in now, when the matter was referred to the 
committee some time in January. The point would 
seem to be to stave oft' the question to gain further 
time. It had been stated to be a new questiou. 
It was not new to them, of East Boston, for it had 
been agitated more or less every year for the last 
twenty years. For tbc last fortnight he had heard 
enough of it, and he did not wish to hear it much 
more. He hoped the friends of the measure would 
stand by it tonight, for the question might as well 
be taken tonight as a week or month hence. 

Mr. Webster asked for the yeas and nays on the 
question. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said if the measure was 
just, it would bear to lie over one week, for it 
could not be expected at this late hour to consider 
the subject. If there were any considerable num- 
ber of people who wished to be heard , they should 
have an opportunity. He did not wish to give his 
views on the question now, but would at a proper 
time. He had, porhaus, made up his mind, hut 
believed that, the question could wait one week. 

Mr. Snath, oi Ward 1 stated that the question of 



intercourse with East Boston had been a mat- 
ter of legislation for 220 years, and of late 
years had been much talked about. The pro- 
position to put the matter m the hands of a huge 
committee was not of any advantage, for in all 
his experience a large committee was not so 
convenient as a small one. Procrastination was 
evidently what it meant, for there was noth- 
ing new which could be learned to bear upon 
the subject. It had been a matter of dis- 
cussion for twenty years, during which he had 
been in Bos com. The' people of East Boston wen- 
poor, and as had been sbown by the gemli man of 
the committee, it was no wonder that they did 
not prosper. There was no reason why the people 
should not have free access to the city as in other 
wards. It was a vexed question, and he trusted 
their friends would stand by an 1 let them pass it. 

Mr. Aver of Ward 14 said he was not sure that 
this was a wise time to take up such a measure, 
at so late an hour, yet he could hardly see any- 
thing to be gained in putting off a decision on it. 
He supposed every member of the Council had 
heard or read something in relation to ttie merits 
of the questiou. Here was a document on their 
desks, which gives ten reasons against the main- 
tenance of free ferries. These reasons Mr. Aver 
proceeded to examine. Tbi first was that it was 
for the benefit of only a small proportion of the 
people, and was not for the public good. Fast 
Boston was a part of the city, and that which was 
for the welfare of each was "for the benefit of all. 
It was said to he unreasonable to expect to have 
free communication across the harbor by a bridge 
or by free boats. If they could have a free bridge no 
doubt they would be content, but as they could 
not have that, the next best thing was a free 
ferrv. 

It was said also that there was no city in the 
world where free femes are maintained, and tnat 
the claim is without precedent; also, that the 
measure is not asked for by one-tenth oi the large 
tax-payers. He hoped by this it was not designed 
to array the poor against the rich, for he did not 
know of such citizens who were not willing to bear 
the expense of enabling citizens of different sec- 
tions to have free access to otner sections of the 
city. It was also objected that it would prove to 
be a disadvantage to the people of the ward. This 
kind of argument that it would be a beuetit solely 
to the people of that ward, and a disadvantage, 
reminded him of the story of the men who went 
a deer hunting, when one of them shot a calf, and 
in a stammering excuse said that he so tired that 
if it was a deer to hit it, but if it was a calf not to 
hit it. He believed the measure would be au ab- 
solute beuetit to all the people, aud should vote for 
it because it was beneficial to all. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said there had been no 
charge of fraud or corruption in procuring this 
measure. Here was a case simply in which 30.000 
people were debarred from the privilege of coming 
to the City Hall, to the Public Library, to Fancutl 
Hall, the market, and everywhere else in which 
they had an interest, without being obliged to pay 
a toll. 

Mr. Webster said it was true East Boston was 
separated from the rest of the city by the harbor. 
This was unfortunate, and he should be willing; 
that they should be relieved from their distress. 
Yet it was no more unfortunate than it citizens of 
Nantucket should complain that they could not 
get to the State House without coming by water, 
and should complain that they were Obliged to 
pay for it. East Boston is and will continue to be 
an important place. 

The question was one of delay for a matter of 
investigation, whether it is better to give more 
accommodations to the people or to run the ferries 
free. All of the means of accommodation are not 
thoroughly understood or examined. Here are 
citizens who tare to be heard on the subject, in 
the reasons which they may give. Ko doubt a 
large number of petitioners could be had in East 
Boston, as had been said, for free ferries, and 
likely they could be had for free water, free gas 
and tree provisions, No good and sufficient rea- 
sons had been given why this measure should be 
adopted, for it was entirely a new order Of things 
and should not be passed without the gravest con 
sideration. The annual cost ot running these fer- 
ries would be equal in live years to an interest of 
six per cent, on $8,000,000. The debt of the oity 
waa very large, the taxation was as high or higher 
than in 'any other city, the valuation was greater 
fur taxation, and it would be a great injustice to 
press this to a vote without further consideration. 



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COMMON COUNCIL 



Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said lie had in mind a 
c.iso in which the gentleman from Kast Boston 
wished a delay on a question of not so much Impor- 
tance as this' was. It appeared to him unseemly 

for them in the early part of the year, when there 
was plenty of time to consider and act upon sueh 
a.sui jrc',' to take rtup for action at ll ] ., o'clock at 
night. It was a matter for much consideration 
and h id no* been here before. Since the action of 
the other branch more than one Alderman had Baid 
that they acted hastily upon the subject, il he 
were a citizen of liast Boston, no doubt he should 
vote for it. The people of that section of the city 
ought to be encouraged and offered all the facili- 
ties which are desirable, but this should not be 
passed tonight. If it has merits, it should not be 
forced on the Council. 

The committee started upon the consideration 
of the subject, upon the question of the limitation 
of iong toils, but the subject never came be tor? 
them in a hearing on free tolls. No one ever had 
an opportunity to appear before them on that sub- 
ject, and the committee ought to give a chance to 
these citizens to be heard. This was the fit-.t op- 
portunity asked for, and he did not care whether 
it should* be before a committee of the whole Coun- 
cil, and woulfl even be satisfied should it be be- 
fore the Coinmittte on Ferries. It bad teen stated 
that the matter had been discussed in the papers. 
But these articles in the panels did notalwajs 
come from the editors of such papers. It could 
not be a joint committee, for the other branch had 
put itself beyond consideration of the subject by 
their unanimous vote. 

The gentleman from Ward 14 had presented the 
matter very fairly on that side. But wherever 
the.-e is truth, it wili bear investigation, and it 
should be given. An opportunity should be afford- 
ed to these citizens to give thtir views, and if it is 
not done, :t will be regretted in the future. The 
citizens of East Boston will make a mistake if they 
press this matter at this late hour, surrounding as 
they do the Council with their presence and ap- 
plause, and it will react in the future. The worst 
thine that could happen would he to press the 
question tonight. He was desirous of informa- 
tion on the subject, and had been moved today by 
the appeal of a citizen of that section. He wished 
to weigh the matter more fully, and he hoped the 
friends of the measure would give them a chance 
for further consideration. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward ti called for a reading of the 
order and petitions, and on being read, lie said 
there should be added to the motion of reference 
that the petitioners should be beard. This subject 
had never before been brought before a committee 
to be heard. The gentleman from Ward 1 had 
spoken of the ferry as a highway and avenue, but 
it was a ship channel. Quoting from the legisla- 
tive act relating to the ferries, nr. Perkins said the 
position of the gentleman was a fallacious one. 
If it was a highway and avenue, it might he sub- 
ject co betterments, but it could not be under the 
Betterment act. 

A motion to adjourn was lost. 

Mr. Fsynh of Ward 7 said this question was of 
as much" importance to the citizens of Boston as 
anv which would come before the Council this 
year, and vastly more so to the people of East Bos- 
ton. The question was, does the public necessity 
and convenience require that the terries should be 
free? If so, it should he clone. South Boston had 
its four avenues, one of them a large elephant at a 
cost of $2, 1100, COO and not completed, and there 
were six suacious avenues to the His. hlands and 
to Dorchester, while East Boston had but one 
highway to the city proper, over which the people 
are compelled to pay tolls. It was about time that 
as much care was bestowed upon East Boston as 
upon South Boston. The people of East Boston 
helped the people of South Boston, autl they pro- 
posed to help thein in return. 

Mr. Emery ot 'Ward 10 said he bad not looked 
into this matter as he wished, and lie desired more 
time, as he believed others did, and these peti- 
tioners should be heard. If they were forced to 
vote now they should be compelled to vote against 
the measure, while if there was delay, they might 
vote in its favor. There might be arguments so 
strong as to convert one to the support of the 
measure. 

Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7 moved the previous 
question. 

The Chair Stated, in reply to a question of Mr. 
Kobbins, that the previous question would cut off 
the motion to recommit. 

Mr. Webster of Ward ti questioned the ruling of 
the (hair. 

the Chair read from the rules to sustain Ins rul- 
ing, and Mr. sinitji of Ward 10 and Mr, Perkins 



quoted rules which they did not believe sustained 
the decision of the Chair. 

The Chair restated the question, and Mr. Stone 
ot Ward 5 moved to lay the subject on the table. 
Lost. 

Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7 moved to lay the appeal 
on the table one week. Carried— 36 to 19. 

Mr Smith of Ward 10 raised the question 
whether the whole subject was not laid on the 
table with the appeal. 

The Chair ruled that it was. 

At 12 o'clock Mr. Stone of Ward 5 moved an ad- 
journment. Lost— 27 to 28. 

Mr. Smith again raised the question of order 
whether the appeal, being laid on the table, did 
not carry the whole subject. 

Mr. Nines of Ward 5 moved to take the appeal 
from the table, modified to reconsidering the mo- 
tion to lay on the table. 

The Chair ruled that the appeal carried the whole 
subject with it to the table. 

Mr. Kyan of Ward 13 moved to take the stiDject 
from the table. 

Mr. smith raised the further point, whether it 
could be taken up, the appeal being laui on the ta- 
ble for one week. 

Mr. Kyan moved a reconsideration of the vote 
laying the subject on the table. 

Mr. Stone raised the question that the gentlemen 
did not vote in the affirmative. 

Air. Kyan said he did not vote either way. 

Mr. Taylor then mewed to reconsider the motion 
vi hereby th° appeal was laid on the table. 

The Chair for information stated the question on 
the various motions which had been made. 

Mr. Bicknell of Ward 4 moved an adjournment. 

Mr. Kyan raised the question that a motion was 
pending which must, be first settled. 

The Chair ruled that a motion to adjourn was in 
order, and the motion to adjourn was lost — 28 to 
29. 

Mr. Ryan called for the question on Mr. Taylor's 
motion. 

Mr. Webster of Ward G said he could hardly con- 
ceive that the friends of this measure would press 
this question tonight: he did not suppose there 
was another body in the State that would vote to 
press such a question without time for discussion. 
After proceeding lor a time, he asked if the merits 
of the question were not under consideration ; and 
after the inquiry was answered by the Chair, that 
the larsrest liberty had been allowed, Mr. Webster 
further appealed to the friends of the measure to 
let it lav over, and moved an adjournment. Lost 
—28 to 30. 

Mr. Smith of "Ward 10 said he w.shed to give a 
further reason against taking up the motion, that 
the members of the Council were exhausted, and 
that the question could be better considered after 
a night's rest. 

Mr. Kyan rose to a point of order, that the gen- 
tleman was not speaking to the question. 

Mr. Smith resumed, that he had not determined 
to speak upon the merits of the question, yet if he 
was forced to vote now he shoukl vote against the 
measure. He was unwilling to submit to dicta- 
tion, and by forcing the question it might turn 
ft ieuds of the measure into enemies. The people 
of East Boston would hurt their own cause by 
browbeating and dictation. 

.Mr. Stone moved an adjournment, which was 
ruled not in order, no business having been trans- 
acted since the previous motion to adjourn. 

Mr. Flyun of 'Ward 7 moved tlae previous ques- 
tion. 

Mr. Bicknell of Ward 4 called for the yeas and 
nays on this motion. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 raised a question of order 
that in a previous motion the Chair ruled that a 
motion tor the previous question affected the 
main question, and not subsidiary questions; but 
this was a subsidiary question. 

flic Chair ruled that the effect of the previous 
question was to stop debate, and this would apply 
to the motion to recot-sider in closing the debate 
on it. 

Mr. Stone raised the point that the motion for 
the previous question indicated something pre- 
vious in its nature. 

The Chair insisted upon the ruling. 

Mr. tsieknel! moved the yeas and nays on the 
morion tor the previous question. 

Mr. Perkins moved an adjournment. 

the Chair ruled the motion not in order. 

The motion of Mr. Bicknell for the yeas and 
nays was carried. 

A further motion to adjourn at 12j< o'clock was 
entertained, and declared to be carried, when 
questions of doubt were raised, and the Council 
was declared to be adjourned. 



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B O A 11 13 OF A L I) K 11 M E N 



CITY OF BOSTON, 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MARCH 27, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, 
Alderman Jenfcns, the Chairman, presiding. 

JURORS DRAWN. 

Thirty-two Traverse Jurors were drawn for the 
Superior Court, civil term, tirst session, thirty- 
oiirbt Traverse Jurors for the second session, sam" 
Court, and thiny-six for the Superior Court, crim- 
inal ses«ion. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Superintendents of Hav Scales — Henry A. Davis, 
Norti* Scales; Levi Chadlmrn, South Scales; John 
At. Johnson, South Boston Soales; John A. Brown, 
Last Boston Scales; Andrew W. Newman, Boston 
Highlands. 

Special Police Officers, without pay — Wni. H. 
Condon, Daniel S. liammon, oharles H. Bice, sev- 
erally for Morgan Chapel; W m. Gradon,for Branch 
l.ibiary, East Bostan, and Lyman School. 

A communication was received from Dr. S. H. 
Durgin, l'ort Physician. nominating Chester Irving- 
Fisher, .M.D., tor the office of Assistant Port 
Physician, in place of Dr. Ldmund H. Stevens, who 
declines further service. The nomination was 
confirmed. 

Promotion of Police Officers— The appointments 
of William Chadburne as Captain, and Edward 
M. Johnson as Lieutenant of Police, were referred 
to the Committee on Police. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Cornelius O'Brien, that his Eliot street better - 
nieiit may be apportioned. 

Robert B. Brigham, for abatement of his Eliot 
street betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

Henry Souther and others, in aid of petition of 
Calvin Torrey and others tor removal of the House 
of Correction. Referred to the Committee on 
Institutions. 

S. C Maine, for leave to suspend a sign over 
Ticmont street at No. 130. Referred to Committee 
on Police. 

Alexander Beal, to be paid for grade damages 
on .Melville avenue. 

Fliel S. Todd, to be paid for grade damages at 
4'rf Clarendon street. 

David Flynu and others, that Murray' place in 
Ward 2 lie called Prince Street place. 

Augustus Richardson, that Oay street be closed, 
while blasting rocks. 

Joseph A. Laforme, for sidewalk on Washington 
street, between Eliot square and Pynchon street. 

Severally referred to ttie Committee on Paving. 

Whittier & McBurney, that certain mortgages on 
their property may be discharged, on record. Be- 
feireuto Committee on Treasury Department of 
this Board. 

George H. Gay, to be compensated for personal 
injuries sustained while driving through Colum- 
bus avenue. 

.March Brothers, Pierce & Co , Hawley, Folsom 
& Martin, Simons, Brothers & Co., and Freeljnd, 
Beard & Richardson, severally for compensation 
for goo, is lost -n the tire at the House of Correc- 
tion. 

severally referred to the Committee on Claims. 

-diepherd Brooks, for have to erect a biick sta- 
ble with four stalls, in rear of No. 94 Beacon street. 

National Tube Works, for leave to erect a stable 
for six horses on Mill street, Fast Boston. 

(i. VV. Decatur, lor leave to sprinkle the streets 
iu Roxbury. 

II. E. Hall, for leave to erect a stable at the cor- 
ner of Cross and Fulton stieets. 

Alrnon Perry, for leave tn build a stable corner 
of Conant and Parker stieets. 

Augustus Ricbaidson, for leave to erect a brick 
stable for five horses on Cay street. 

D. Deloughry and others, for abatement of a 
nuisance in' Watt mini, caused 1>\ a <t;ihle. etc. 

severally referred to Committee < a Hi aim. 

John Sharland, for leave to construct bay win- 
dows on bis bouse on Upton and Ncwland streets. 

Shawmul Railroad Company, for light of way 
tbroue b land nl < itj in W aid Hi. 



severally referred to Committee en Public 
Lands. 

John Woodman, to be telieved from sewer as- 
sessment at No. (154 second street. Referred to 
< lommittee on sewei b. 

John Drynaji and others, for a public clock on 
Church at the corner of Hanover and Clark stj 
Referred to Committee on Bells, clucks. < tc. 

Boston B iv steamboat and Land Company, for 
leave to take gravel from Bass Point, Long Island. 
Referred to Committee on Harbor on the part of 
the Board of Aldermen. 

PROPOSED STREET \VlI)E'i::o. 

The following roolve was presented from the 
Street Commissioners: 

Resolve for the widening of Washington street, 
on i*s southeasterly sue at the corner of MilK 
stieet, by taking a parcel of land belonging to 
the heirs ot Tasker H. Swejt, containing 129 scjiuire 
feet, also a parcel of land^lelonging to Henry W. 
Uuttonand Wm. H. Dutton, containing 20ii square 
feet, also a parcel of land belonging to the heirs 
of Samuel Davis and others containing 175 square 
feet; the estimated expense of which widening is 
843.780. Referred to the Joint Committee on 
Streets. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearing on petition of John O.Day, for leave 
to put up and use a steam engine and boiler at 
the corner of Hampden street and Periy court, 
was taken up. The petitioners and remonstrants 
asked for a postponement, and the hearing was 
assigned to Monday next. 1 o'clock. 

The bearing on petition of George O. Morris, for 
leave to put up and use a steam engine and boiler 
at the corner of F and Third streets, was taken 
up, and no person appearing the report was re- 
committed. 

UNFINISHED I5JSINESS. 

The report of Committee on Sewers with orders 
for the Mayor to make a contract with authorities 
of West Roxbury in relation to improvements in 
the channel of Stony Brook, and for a loan of 
$75, 000 co accomplish the work, was laid on the 
table for one week. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed : 

Order authorizing Superintendent of Paneuil 
Hall Market to employ one deputy to assist him in 
discharge of his duties. 

Order to nay Peter and Thomas J. Dunbar §1000, 
for grade damages on Dorchester avenue and Sec- 
ond street. 

Order to pay Thomas Leavitt S3500, for grade 
damages &n Dorchester avenue, Nos. 129 to 137 
said avenue, tor his own estate, and 140 to 144 for 
leasehold estates, including dain.ges to himself 
and those nolding leases under him. 

Report of the Committee on Fire Alarms with 
an order for Committee on Public Buildings to 
erect a bell-tower on Kngine House No. 1. in Hard 
12, at a cost of ?1200. 

Ordered, That mere be allowed and paid to Jo- 
seph N. sturtevant, for estate numbered 79 Finer- 
aid street, the sum of §5500. with interest at the 
rate of six per cent, per annum from the time 
said estate was taken by the city until the pay- 
ment of said sum, in consideration of bis giving 
to the city a deed ot said estate, or a release and 
discharge satisfactory to the City Solicitor, for all 
damages, costs and exp°nses in consequence of 
the taking; said sum to be charged to the appro- 
priation for the Suffolk Street District. 

Ordered. That the Committee on Pavng be au- 
thorized to en ct a shed for ttie use of the Paving 
Department at the city ledge on Codman street. 
Ward 16; the expense tbereofjnot exceeding $1200, 
to be charged to the Appropriation for Paving. 

That the Superintendent of Streets, tinder the 
direction of the Committee on Paving, be author- 
ized to purchase a stone crusher and steam engine, 
the cost thereof, not exceeding §3000, to be charged 
to the Appropriation for Paving. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON OOlTNUUu 

The following orders were passed, in concur- 
rence: 

Order to pave the driveways of Fngine Houses 
Nos. 17 and 21. 

Order to provide masters' rooms and libraries in 
the Quincy, Everett, Dwigbt. and Hancock school- 
houses. 

Order to advertise for a site for Engine House 
No. 15, on Broadway, between Foundry and B 
streets, or on Dorchester avenue, between First 
and second streets 



MARCH ^7 



1871. 



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Report ol Committee on Institutions, etc., that 
order for plans for enlargement of House of Cor- 
rection ought to pass, and passage of order for 
that purpuse, at an expense of .$3000. 

The order for City Clerk to procure the names of 
non-resident tax-payers, employed as clerks m the 
several departments, coming up amended so as to 
include such as "have been employed during the 
last year," was coDSider-ed. 

Alilerman Pievce inquired the object of the or- 
der, lor if it were true that competent clerks, hold- 
ing office lived out of town, he did not suppose it 
would he an object to turn them out for those who 
are poorer. 

Alderman Cow din said he supposed the object 
of the order was to ascertain who are the persons 
who are holding office under the city, and yet live 
iu other places, where they pay their taxes. It 
was the opinion of some of us, that those who re- 
ceive high salaries should live iu the city and help 
pay the taxes, and it was proper and right that 
they should do so. 

Alderman Little said he did not think it worth 
while for the city to ascertain where persons hold- 
ing office under the, Government purchase their 
groceries. All that should be asked should be 
whether they discharged their duties to the city 
faithiully, and no inquiries be ma.de.as to where 
they found it most convenient to live, and wheth- 
er they were obliged to go out of the city on ac- 
count of their health. He would not go beyond 
the question at faithfulness in duty, and moved 
an indefinite postponement of the order. 

Alderman Cowdin hoped there would be no 
hasty action on the subject; he was not anxious 
about the order, but believed that indefinite post- 
ponement would be premature. On investigation 
there may be facts which should 'equire some ac- 
tion, and he should prefer to have the order laid 
on the table. He would ask the Aiderman to 
withdraw his motion, that the order may be laid 
on tire table, when it may be taken up at the ear- 
liest convenience, if necessary. 

Alderman Gibson said he believed tlrj order to 
be a proper one. If there are persons who receive 
large salaries, there is no reason why they should 
not help to pay the high taxes of the city; aud if 
there were any such persons living elsewhere, it 
was well enough to know who they are. He did 
not know any such people, and believed we had as 
competent people in the city as they had in other 
counties. If a poor man receiving but a dollar 
and a half a day, and u orking for the city, does 
bis duty, and could not afftrd to live in the city, he 
did not object to his going to the country; but 
those who received high salaries we wished to 
help pav our taxe- anil occupy our buildings. 

Akierman Little withdrew his motion, when, on 
motion of Alderman Cowdin, the order was laid on 
the table. 

The orders for the purchase of S. E. Brown of 
4350 square feet of land, on Tremont street, near 
Cabot street, as a site for Hose House 7, and for a 
transfer from Reserved fund to meet the expense. 
$8750, was read once 

Alderman Pope said he hoped that the order 
would be laid over, in the absence of the chair- 
man of the committee. 

Alderman W'ooHev said the chairman of the 
committee had expressed a willingness that the 
order should be passed, and he hoped it would. 

Alderman Pope said he had understood that the 
lot of land could have been purchased at a lower 
rate, at a saving of $500. 

Alderman Gibson said the value of the laud was 
more than bonded lor, and he had been inlormed 
that the party giving the bond to the cit\ was will- 
ing that it should be given up, believing he could 
get more than the price which the n ity is to nay 
him. He thought it very likely that wa^ the case, 
from the great advance of land iu that section of 
the city. It was understood that the Chief En- 
gineer of the Fire Department was iu favor of the 
purchase and of the locality, and he believed that 
it was a good thing that the city had a bond for it. 

Alderman I'ope said the city had had the bond 
for neaily three months, now nearly run out, and 
he had heard the party giving it was anxious for 
a new one: he had not heard that any one had 
offered $1 DO per foot for it, but that the' land had 
been offered by the owner for that price. 

Alderman Gibson said he had understood that 
sum had been offered, and that the party offering 
it expected to get an advance on it. To an inquiry 
of Alderman Little how long a tune the bond 
had to run, he replied that he understood it was 
but six days. 



Alderman Little said he had understood that the 
location was satisfactory to all parties, aud iu re- 
gard to the price, believed there was an advance 
in lano in that vicinity. The facts, he though!, 
should be looked into, and if the land could have 
been bought for $\ U0, rather than pay more than 
that, he wouUl prefer buying a building and tak- 
ing it clown for the purpose. 

Hie motion to lay the order on the table was 
carried. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The certificate of election of Second Assistant- 
Assessors in Waids 3, 5, (i, 12 and 13. by the Com- 
mon Council, that blanch having made choice of 
Messrs. Donnelly, Scaunel, 1'iince, Holmes and 
.Stuart, in non-concurrence, was read, and the 
Hoard proceeded to an election, resulting as fol- 
lows : 

Whole number ot votes 11 

Necessary tu a choice , 6 

Ward "i— District b. 

Horatio N. Holbrook (i 

Eugene C. Hcnnellv 3 

It. W . James 2 

Ward 5— Districts 8 andt). 

Pierce A. Doheity 7 

Koger 11. Scannell i 

Ward 6- District 10. 

John L. Britham 1 

John T. Prince '.' 

Ward 12 -Districts 16 and\\. 

William H. Mason !l 

George Holmes 2 

Ward 13— District 18. 

John D. Carty 10 

Alexander Stuart 1 

Messrs. Holbrook, Doberty. Mason aud Carty wore 
declared to be elected in non-concurrence, and Mr. 
Prince in concurrence. 

CONSULTING PHYSICIANS. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee to nominate candidates for Consulting 
Physicians, made a report recommending the 
election of Win. head, Henry Bartlett, George 
Fabyan, Samuel L. Abbot and Moses C. Greene. 
The Board proceeded to an election, when each of 
the above-named was elected by an unanimous 
vote. 

TRUSTEES OF MT. HOPE CEMETERY. 

Alderman White, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee to nominate candidates for Trustees of Mt. 
Hope Cemeteiy at large, for two years, made a 
report recommending the election of Samuel B. 
Hopkins and Joseph P. Paine, 'ihe Board pro- 
ceeded to an election, when Messrs. Hopkins and 
Paine were chosen by an unanimous vote. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, from]tbe Committee on Police* 
on the petition of the Police Relief Association for 
leave to apply to the Legislature for a charter, 
made a report that in their opinion it is inexpedi- 
ent for the Police Department to make the pro- 
posed application. Accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall, reported in favor of granting the use of 
Faneuil Hall, Mav 2, for a gathering ot High 
School scholars. Accepted. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reoorted leave to withdraw on petition of Ephraim 
D. Emerson for leave to erect a stable rear of 138 
1 street. Accepted. 

The same committee reported that leave be 
granted to the heirs of Asa Smith to sprinkle 
certain streets in this city. Accepted. 

Alderman White, fiom the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
J. Auguste, to give dramatic performances at 
Horticultural Hall, March 27-29; d. Daum, to give 
a concert in Music Hall, March 29; Carl Zerrahn, 
to give a concert at Music Hall, March 30; J. C. 
Davis, as an auctioneer; also to sundry persons to 
keep intelligence offices, billiard saloons, pawn- 
brokers and dealers in second-hand articles; for 
wagon licenses, hack stand, transfer of wagon 
license. Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also reported licenses of 87 
news-joys and 1 1 bootblacks. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, repoited leave to withdraw severally on peti- 
tions of OrmsbyJ. Duke.'to be paid for grade dam- 
ages on Broadway: John Poland, to be paid dam- 
ages caused by extension and grade of Broadway ; 
Lewis Park, to be paid for grade damages on 
Dorchester avenue; Solomon Van Munich, to be 
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I li os. Patterson, to be paid for grade damages on 
Broadway; Wm. caliagher & Co , to be paid for 
change Qf grade on Broadway ; James Dinsmore 
and others, for giade damages on Hanover street; 
Dennis Ferguson to lie paid for grade damages on 
Broadway. .Accepted. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Committee on Sal- 
aries, reported the Salary bill, which on his mo- 
tion was laid on the table lor one week. The 
changes pioposed from the salaries of last year 
give an increase as follows: 

Clerk hire, Treasurer's Office, $1000; Auditor$50<) 
and $800 clerk hire; City Clerk, ¥500, and clerk 
hire ¥800; Clerk of Common Council, ¥'^00; Clerk 
of Committees, $300; Assistant Messenger, $200; 
City Engineer, Cit,, surveyor, each $300; Water 
Kegistrar, City Uegistrar, each $500; Harbor 
Master $100; superintendent of Fire Alarms, $500 
and horse and vehicle; superintendents of Sewers, 
Health, and Lamps, each §500; superintendents of 
I'ublic Buildings, Streets, And Chief of Police, each 
$300; Superintendent of Lunatic Hospital, ¥400: 
Superintendents of Mount Washington, Fedpral 
and Dover Street Bridges, each JsuOOj Superin- 
tendents of Hacks, Trucks and Wagons, Pawn- 
brokers ami Intelligence Offices, eacn fifty cents 
per day ; Chief Engineer of Fire Department, $300 ; 
Street Commissioners, a salary ol ¥4000 each. 

On motion of Alderman fierce, tiie order to pay 
Catherine E. Devvire $900 for grade damages on 
Dorchester avenue and Silver street was taken 
from the table. The order was amended by the 
addition of the following: 

"Also upon her releasing to the city by deed any 
title she may have in said Silver street, and all 
claims and demands tor damages, costs or ex- 
penses on account of the prospective grading of 
said streer." 

As amended the order was passed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That in addition to the amount hereto- 
fore ordered to be paid to Company (*, First Kegi- 
ment Infantry, M. V. M., for rent of armory at the 
corner of Union and Marshall stieets, there be al- 
lowed and paid, until otherwise ordered, the sum 
of ¥194 31 ; said sum to be charged to the appro- 
priation for Armories. 

Alderman Cowdin, in reply to an inquiry by Al- 
derman Little, stated that this company had oc- 
cupied their armory in that locality for many 
years, but a new lease had been made of the build- 
ing for ten years, the tenants being required to 
pay an increased rent. The company have been 
paying ¥405 69. and the rent is advanced to $ti00, 
which they must payor move. 

On motion of Alderman Fierce, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to close Gay street, between Washington 
street and Linden park, against the passage of 



vehicles until the removal of rock by blastinc: 
from the estate of Augustus Kichardson shall 
have been completed. 

Ordered, That the City Treasurer be and he is 
hereby authorized to abate the bill of 932 :;4 
against Deborah Pratt, for sidewalk constructed 
in front of her estate in Eutaw street, East Bos- 
ton, she being pecuniarily unable to pay said bill. 

tin motion of Alderman \\ bite, 

Ordered, That there be paid to Mary J., wife of 
Win. Johnson, the su n ol s90 40, lor' land taken, 
and all damages occasioned by the laying out, 
widening and extension of Cliff-street, by a resolve 
of December 30, 1870, conditioned upon giving to 
the city a deed, a no an acquittance and oiechaige 
for all damages, cos's and expenses; the same to 
he charged to the impropriation for La\iiig t^ut, 
Widening and Kxtension of Streets. 

On motion of Alderman Woolley, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Fire 
Alarms, under the direction of the committee on 
that department, be authorized to expend a sum 
not exceeding ¥1000, for ten new tire-aiarm boxe« 
and three new bell-striking machines; to be charg- 
ed to the appropriation for Fire Alarms. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

Ordwred, That the sum of ¥811 20 be anil hereby 
is appropriated to pay lor lie w hose: the same to 
be charged to the appropriation lor Fire Depart- 
ment. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the tenement rear of 10 Utica 
street. Wm. Cleary lessee, be vacated within ten 
days, as unfit for habitation by reason of dirt and 
tilth, and a want of privv accommodations. 

On motion of Alderman Pieice, an order was 
passed to pay hills of persons connected directly 
or indirectly with the City Government, it being 
the usual monthly draft. 

An order was passed to meet the jail requisi- 
tion for the month, amounting to $2245 87. 

ORDKRa READ ONCE. 

Order for the grading ol Cedar street, at an es- 
timated expense ot ¥6000. 

Order requiring Thomas Connolly to remove en- 
croachments upon the streets in six days. 

Order to pay A. D. Hodges ¥330 40 for land taken 
to extend Cliff street. 

Order to pay Thomas B. Hall, trustee, $1732 for 
land taken in the name of John B. Parker, for the 
widening of West street. 

Order to pay Darius B. Eddy $140 01 for laud 
taken to widen Centre street, Ward 10. 

Order to pay Sampson Mason $1500 for land 
taken in laying out Cotton place. 

Order to pay Hannah B., wife of Lemuel Clark, 
$25,000 for land taken in widening Eliot street, and 
to rescind the order passed in 1870. 

Adjourned. 



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Proceedings of the Common Council, 

MARCH 80, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 

Council was held this evening, at iy 2 o'clock, 
Matthias Rich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPKKS FROM T11K BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Henry Souther and others, of 
John sharland, the sliawniut Railroad Company, 
March Brothers, Pierce & Co., Simons Brothers, 
Kreeland, Beard & Richardson, Hawley, Folsom 
& Martin, and of Ueorge H. (iay, were severally 
referred, in concurrence. 

The reference to Committee on Streets of a re- 
solve and order to widen Washington street at 
corner of Milk street, at an estimated cost of 
£43,780, was concurred in. 

The following orders were severally read once 
and laid over: 

Order that $811 20 be appropriated to pay for 
new hose. 

Report and order authorizing the erection of a 
bell tower on engine house No. 1. at the corner of 
Dorchester and Fourth streets, South Boston, at 
an expense not exceeding $1200. 

Order to pay Company G, First Regiment, for 
rent of armory at corner of Union and Marshall 
streets, $194 31 in addition to the amount hereto- 
fore ordered. 

The following orders were severally read twice 
and passed: 

Order authorizing the expenditure of not ex- 
ceeding $1600, for ten new tire-alarm boxes and 
three bell-striking machines. 

Order to pay bills of April draft. 

Order to pay Julia Cornell, assignnee of S. A. 
Frost, former owner of estate 38 Porter street, 
$4800, with interest at six per cent, frourjthe time 
of taking said estate, in consideration of her giv- 
ing a satisfactory deed or release of the same and 
for all damages I'roui taking the said estate. 

Order to pay J. N. Sturtevant, for estate 79 Em- 
erald street, $5000, in consideration of his giving 
a satisfactory deed or release of the same and for 
all damages from taking the said estate. 

The report nominating Trustees of Mount Hope 
Cemetery at large, and the certificate of election 
of Trustees, were read, when the election was laid 
over. 

The report nominating Consulting Physicians, 
and the certificate of election of Consulting Phy- 
sicians, were read, when the elections were laid 
over. 

A communication was read from Dr. Samuel L. 
Abbott, declining an election as Consulting Phy- 
sician. Ordereil to be sent up. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The certificate of the elections of Horatio N. 
flolbmok, Pierce A. Doherty, W. tl. .Mason and 
John D. Carty, as Second- Assistant Assessors, in 
place of Messrs. Donnelly, Scannell, Holmes and 
Stuart, chosen by the Common Council, was read, 
aud the Council proceeded to an election. 

Messrs. Mies of Ward 6, Moulton of Ward 9, 
and Woods of Ward 12 were appointed a commit- 
tee to receive and count the votes, and reported 
as follows: 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a choice 30 

Ward 'A— District 5. 

Kugene ('. Donnelly '*6 

Horatio N. llolbrook 32 

Ward 6— Districts 8 and 9. 

Roger II. Scannell 29 

Pierce A. Doherty • 25 

E. C. Donnelly 3 

Ward li—lMttrictS 16 and 17. 

George Holmes 36 

W. HT Mason 20 

Ward U— District Is. 

Alexander Stuart 23 

John D. Carty 34 

Messrs. Holbrook and Carty were declared to be 
elected in concuirence, Holmes in non-concur- 
rence, and there was no choice in Ward 5. 

The Council proceeded to another ballot for an 
Assessor in Ward 5, the result of which was as 
follows: 



Whole number of votes 63 

Necessary to a choice 32 

Ward 5— Districts 8 and 9. 

Pierce A. Doherty 23 

Roger H. Scannell 40 

Mr. Scannell was declared to be elected, in non- 
concurrence. 

REPORT ON AUDITOR'S ESTIMATES.. 

The following report was laid before the Council 
in print by Mr. Bradt of Ward 14: 

The Joint Special Committee of the City Council 
to whom were referred the Estimates of "the Audi- 
tor of Accounts of the money necessary for carry- 
ing on the government of the city for the financial 
year commencing May 1, 1871, and terminating 
April 30, 1872. City Document No. 19, would re- 
spectfully report that they have carefully exam- 
ined ;he same, and recommend the following 
changes, viz.: 

Add to the appropriation for Mount Hope Ceme- 
tery the sum of $5000, to be expended for a new 
greenhouse and office. 

Reuuce the appropriation for "Incidental Ex- 
penses" from $100,000 to $91,000. 

Add an appropriation to be styled '"Contingent 
Funis" of $9000, to be divided under four heads, 
viz. :— $3000 to meet the expenses of the Joint 
Standing and Special Commictees having chai are 
of no appropriation; $2000 for the expenses of the 
Mayor, and $2000 each for the Board of Aldermen 
and Common Council to be expended as provided 
In the order annexed. This sum of $9000 is taken 
from the appropriation for "Incidental Expenses," 
to which said matters have heretofore been 
charged. It is believed by the committee that 
this method of meeting this class of expenses will 
be far bette. than the one heretofore pursued. 

Reduce tne appropriations for riealth $22,000, 
Lamps $10,000, and School Instructors $26,700. The 
appropriation for Lamps is reductd $10,000 in con- 
formity with a request from the Superintendent 
of that Department, referred to this committee by 
the City Council. 

Total appropriations, as per Auditor's esti- 
mates 89,554,443 00 

Less reductions by this committee 58,700 00 

$9,195,743 00 
Add by the committee 5,000 00 

$9,500,743 00 
Less income, as per Auditor's estimates 1 ,937,205 00 

$7,563,538 00 
Add 3 per cent for non- payment of taxes 
during the financial year 226.906 00 

We have the amount required to be raised 
by taxation $7,790,444 00 

In accordance with the foregoing alterations, 
your committee recommend the passage of the 
accompanying orders, one making the necessary 
appropriations, and the other levying a tax to 
meet the same. 

For the committee, 

Wm. Gaston, Chairman. 
The report was accepted, and the orders were 
read once, as follows: 

An order relating to the Specific Appropriations 
for the financial year 1871-2. 

It is hereby ordered by the City Council, That 
to defray the expenditures of the City of Boston 
and the County of Suffolk, for the financial year 
which will commence with the first day of .May, 
1871, and end with the last day of April, 1872, the 
following sums of money be and the same are 
hereby respectively appropriated for the objects 
and purposes as explained in the Auditor of Ac- 
counts' Estimates, City Document No. 19, 1871, and 
in the applications of the various committees and 
Boards contained and printed In said document. 
And it is further ordered, That no money shall 
be expended, and no debts be incurred for any ob- 
ject or purpose, for which a specific appropriation 
is herein made, beyond the amount which is so 
specifically appropriated: provided, however, that 
any sums of money which may be subscribed or 
contributed by individuals to promote the objects 
of any of the foregoing appropriations, and which 
foiui no part of the estimated income of the city, 
shall be strictly applied, according to the inten- 
tion of the contributors, and shall be credited to 
such appropriations accordingly. 
An order laying a specific tax to defray the ex- 
penses of tiie City of Boston and the County of 
Suffolk for the financial year 1871-72; also to pay 
the State tax : 
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hundred and ninety thousand four hundred and 
lorty-four dollars lie raised on the noils and es- 
tates taxable in this city, according to law, to pay 
the current expenses of the City of Boston and 
County of Suffolk during the financial year, which 
will commence with the first day of May, 1871, and 
end with the last day of April, 1872; also the tax 
assessed oy the General Court of Massachusetts 
for the year 1871. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The report nominating City Engineer, was ac- 
cepted. 

1'ha fallowing order was read a second time and 
passed : 

Order for the payment of hills (referred to in 
said order) fur refreshments since January 1, 1871, 
ior the Committees on Accounts, Public Institu- 
tions, Water, Claims, Assessors, Department, 
Public Instruction, Salaries, Elections, on part of 
the Common Council for entertaining v.sitors 
from other cities, and for carriage hire for com- 
mittees and members of the Government, all fur- 
nished while performing official fluty; the total 
amount being e64b 73. 

The report and order for a loan of forty thou- 
sand dollars to be added to the Eliot Street Loan 
(CityDoe. No. 21, 1871,1 coming up for consideration. 
Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 offered the following as a 
substitute: 

Ordered, That the Auditor of 4ccounts be au- 
thorized to transfer from the appropriation for 
Water Works, Interest and Premium the sum of 
S«10,0()0. the same to be added to loan for the wid- 
ening of Eliot street. 

In answer to a question of Mr. Smith of Ward 10, 
whether the order had been to the Committee on 
Streets of the Council, Mr. Flynn stated that it 
came from the Committee on Streets of the Board 
of Aldermen, which Board had the exclusive con- 
trol of the subject of betterments. 

The substitute was adopted, aud the order as 
amended, was passed, in concurrence. 

EAST BOSTOH FEUKY QUESTION. 

The pending motion at the adjournment on 
Thursday evening last, for the previous question 
on a motion to recousider the vote whereby an ap- 
peal was laid on the table for one week, with the 
subject of the East Boston ferries, was taken up. 

The President made a statement of the question 
as it came up for action. The time having expired 
for which the appeal was laid on the table for one 
week, the above mentioned pending motions hud 
no further effect. The question would then recur 
to the appeal from the decision of the Chair, made 
by the gentleman from Ward 6, the Chair having 
ruled that the previous question would cut off the 
motion to commit. 

Mr. Perkins withdrew the appeal, by consent of 
the Council. 

The question then recurred upon the motion of 
Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7 for the previous ques- 
tion. 

Mr. O'Connor said he had made the motion 
because it was late, aud not because he wished to 
prevent discussion, and he therefore withdrew the 
motion. 

The Chair seated the question as it now present- 
ed itself to the Council, that while the subject was 
under consideration, Mr. Webster of Ward 6 moved 
a reference of the subject, and petition to a com- 
mittee of the President and one from each ward 
on the part of the Council. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 moved as an amendment 
that the committee be comprised of all the mem- 
bers of the Council, which was accepted. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward c then moved further to 
amend by adding that the committee be directed 
to give the petitioners a public hearing. This was 
the immediate motion for the consideration of the 
Council. 

Mr. Pease of Ward 1 said it had come to him 
that he was reported as being opposed to freeing 
the ferries. That statement was false, for he had 
been always in favor of free ferries, and was so 
now. He could see no good in the motion to re- 
commit, for the subject had been fully considered. 
Messrs. Huckins petitioned the City Council for a 
reduction of tolls on the ferries. This came be- 
fore the committee which considered andreuorted 
upou the subject, and he believed the time had ar- 
rived in which to take the bull by the horns, and 
abolish all tolls on the ferries. 

The question was whether the proposed aboli- 
tion of tolls was right aud proper; whether it was 
any more than a simple act of justice in relieving 
the people of East Boston from the payment of 



tolls, so that they should not be burdened any 
more than other sections of the city were burden- 
ed ; and whether they should wholly maintain an 
avenue to the city besides being taxed for those to 
other sections. He hoped that the subject would 
not be referred again to the committee. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward C stated that if the subject 
was referred, the committee should give the peti- 
tioners and others a hearing. 

Mr. Webster said he would accept the amend- 
menc of Mr. Perkins. 

fbe Chair read the order as amended, that the 
petition of John C. Buckuam and others be re- 
ferred to a special committee of all the members 
of rlie Common Council, with instructions to give 
the petitioners a hearing. 

Air. Squires of Ward 8 presented a petition from 

James M. Beebe, Gardner Brewer and some fifty 

others, for a hearing on the sin ject of the ferries. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 presented the petition of 

Charles B. Hall and others; 

.Mr. Patch of Ward 11 the petition of E. D. 
Peters. Charles S. Kendall and others; 

Mr. Robins in of Ward 11 the petition of Isaac 
Rich anil others— severally for the same object. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 wished to know to whom 
the petitions were addressed, nothing havingbeen 
said when they were presented. 

The Chair read the heading of one of them, as 
from legal voters, addressed to the City Council. 

.Mr. Bicknell of Ward 4 presented the petition of 
John liollowell and others; 

Mr. Winch of Ward 5, the petitions of George 
D. Baldwin, Harvey Scudder and others; 

Mr. Patch ol Ward 11, the petitions of John Fos- 
ter, Nathaniel Whiting and others — severally for a 
hearing on the same subject. 

Mr. Barnes of Wardl said be wished to define 
his position on the subject. The friends of free 
ferries had been charged with forcing this ques- 
tion and thrusting it upon the Government, and 
the facts were so twisted aud distorted that even 
their friends feared they were in the wrong No 
such attempts as had been charged had been 
made. If it was fair and just to oppose free fer- 
ries, it was equally so to advocate them. It was 
chaiged that unusual and extraordinary efforts 
had been put forth to force tne passage of the or- 
der. This he denied, for if it was right to oppose 
th ;n the opponents must accord to them the same 
rights. The report was made to the Board of Al- 
dermeu more than a month ago: it came up at 
three regular meetings, and on the last it was 
passed by an unanimous vote. It came to the 
Council in the regular order of business, had one 
reading, and was laid over. 

The friends of the measure found it at the foot 
of the orders, where it was not expected, and im- 
mediately upon its being reached, a motion was 
made to adjourn. The effect of this was to drive 
off its consideration and to kill it, and its friends 
defended it fairly and honestly. The proposed ac- 
tion to recommit after the subject had been heard 
and acted upon by the other branch was wholly 
without precedent. No one charges fraul. Then 
why was not the petition put in before? Is it well 
to have a public hearing? The petition is ad- 
dressed to the City Council, and not to this branch 
which it is proposed shall hear it. He believed it 
to be the device of their enemi s. He acknowl- 
edged that all petitions should be received respect- 
fally, but it was not their duty always to grant 
the i-pquests; they were to be the judges of any- 
thing which came before them. 

As to the petitions, from whom did they ema- 
nate? He charged members with attempts to 
manufacture puolic opinion, by circulating peti- 
tions and inducing gentlemen to sign them. They 
should concede to the friends of free ferries that 
it their measure is just, right and equitable, it is 
their duty to accomplish that right. He was aware 
that there weie some gentlemen who were in favor 
of free ferries who favored this proposed hearing, 
but he had his views on the subject and should 
abide by them. The order had been passed by the 
other branch and there was no reason for a stay of 
proceedings. It it must go to a committee 
should go to the Committee on Ferries. 

The gentleman from Ward 11 had made some re- 
marks with reference to the other branch, that 
more than one Alderman had told him that their 
action was hasty, and that if they had had another 
opportunity they would have voted differently. 
This was a remarkable statement. More than one, 
means two or more. 

Mr. oickinson of Ward 11 said he did not say 
what the gentleman charged him with saying, but 



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he would state what be did say when he hail *an 
opportunity to speak upon the subject. 

Mr. Barnes, resuming, said what he had quoted 
of the gentleman's remarks were correct m sub- 
stance; yet he could not know, except officially, 
what are the views of the Aldermen, and that is 
shown by twelve yeas, no nays. The gentleman 
from Ward 10, for whom he had great respect, had 
made the statement that they attempted to brow- 
beat, and that the people of Kast Boston came 
here to overawe the Council. If so, it was without 
his knowledge, ami he failed to witness any such 
attempts. The question was simply and purely 
that the ferries should lie free to all persons, anil 
he should so vote, and hoped the or.ter would be 
passed unanimously. 

Mr. Vaimevar of Ward 8 inquired if an amend- 
ment was in order, and on a reply of the Chair 
that it was, moved that the subject be recom- 
mitted to the Committee on the Ferries on the 
part of the Council, wuh instructions to give the 
petitioners a hearing. 

Mr. I'erkins of Ward G said there were two ques- 
tions before ihe Council — whether there should be 
a hearing, and before what body chat hearing 
should be. He then proceeded to show the action 
of the City Government since the ferries camp in- 
to possession of the city. A year ago, a majority 
of a committee reported in favor of purchasing 
the ferries In regard to their management they 
said it was not asked for a free communication by 
the terries, but the people would be satisfied with a 
reduction of tolls so that the receipts would pay 
the expenses. 

Mr. I'erkins referred to the composition of the 
committee of last year, with one Alderman and 
two members of the Council, and yet they did 
not ask any more than what he had stated, lithe, 
people of East Boston did not then ask for free 
ferries, when, since, he asked, had they expressed 
a wish for free ferries? 

Mr. Barnes responded that they had done so 
through their representatives. 

Mr. I'erkins said he viewed them in that respect 
as four members of the Council, and as such why 
did they represent the people on that subject any 
better than the members last year. The next evi- 
dence that they wish to havethe ferries free was 
a petition presented from a teamster to have th'^ 
lone; tolls reduced. On examination it ap- 
peared that this teamster paid $15 out of the 
$80,0(10 received from teaming. This was the only 
expression of opinion. 

The next step on the subject was in a meeting of 
the Directors, when a member ottered an order that 
the tolls on foot passengeis should be abolished. 
The Directors refused to pass the order, but at 
another meeting they voted that these tolls on foot 
passengers ought soon to be abolished. That is all 
the evidence there is except that of the opinion of 
the gentlemen on the floor. On that account it is 
desirable that the petitioners should be heard. If 
the people are unanimous in favor of free ferries, 
as is assumed, let them and the petitioners be 
heard on the subject; but it could not be judged so 
by the gingerly manner in which the subject was 
handled last year, and it did not appear that that 
was an issue "in the election. 

The next question was before whom should the 
petition be heard? He had great respect for the 
Committee on the Ferries, but by the action of the 
other branch a portion of the committee had been 
cut off, so that they could not work together. By 
their report, too, it appeared that they had made 
up their minds, and were not in a condition to 
hear persons of adverse views. There should be a 
public hearing before the whole Council so that all 
the members may hear. He could not see whit 
objection there could be to such a hearing. He 
wished to hear the arguments for himself. If the 
hearing should be before a committee, the room 
would ne crowded, and the members of the Coun- 
cil would not feel it to be their duty to be present, 
as thev would should it be before the wh >le Coun- 
cil. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 expressed surprise at the 
course pursued at the last meeting of the Council 
in refusing to hear petitioners. Such a refusal was 
unheard of, unrighteous, and out of the usual 
course. East Boston was but a small portion of 
the city, and paid but $215,000 in taxes, while it 
might be supposed from its frieuds that it paid 
half the taxes of the city. More taxes were paid 
by men on one petition' than was paid in East 
Boston. These gentlemen were entitled to a hear- 
ing, and he would never vote in favor of free fer- 
ries until such hearing was granted. East Boston 
was not the only party in interest on the subject, 



and it was not right and proper that tbey should 
force the passage ol. the older. 1 he Eastern l.'ail- 
road paid tolls on freight earned over the ferries 
to the a now i>t of 8500ft, and there were many ex- 
press companies to Lynn and other places which 
paid $1800 each, and the terries were to be made 
free also for their benefit. 

There were many persons on this side of the 
terrv wU» also pay tolls- and wheu those who pay 
Irgh taxrs ::l:cd for a lif alii g, th( y should h 
bi ar.l. i lie ..n)y qaestion *as, as to how tie hear- 
ing sin nld lie given. The Eerry Comuii: tee w as 
not a whole one, tor the members en the part ot: 
the Board if Aldermen had cut themselves oft. 
He Wished such a ecmnirttee as could bear, pro 
a ad cod, aH tttat M.ighthc safd. All that the ordi- 
nary sommittees report, is that a measure ought 
to pass. Nineteen < nt ol twenty are of that char- 
acter. He though* he -vns as capable of judging 
of an argument aa is any committee. Ihe best, 
thing for a committee was a VommittPt of the 
W hole, when they euuld hear the arguments and 
decide for themselves 

Mr. Kobinscn of Ward M said the petition pre- 
sented by him was addressed to the Common 
Council. Ac disclaimed any knowledge of ob- 
taining the petition mesented by him, and knew 
nothing of auy other when the petition was given 
to him. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward li said it wot |irenv 
well agreed that there was no more need of debate 
upon the merits of the quesriou at this time 
There was quite a contrast between thse earnest- 
ness and intensity manifested hy the friends of 
free ferries at the last meeting and the calmuose 
with which they sow discuss the subject. He 
hoped they would* be able to discuss it with calm- 
ness so as to satisfy every voter. It was an im- 
portant measure, and he wished to avoid speak- 
ing upon its merits, to leave fc open for conviction. 
They ought to meet it iu a calm, deliberate and 
dispassionate manner, and give to all inteiests the 
fullest hearing. The proper committee for si i 
hearing was a committee of the whole Council. 

There was no uesire to slur the Committee on 
Kernes, in making such a reference. They re- 
spected them, vet their opinious had been uiaih- 
up, and what use on the one side or the otln i 
could a hearing he before such a committee. His 
next choice would be a committee of one from 
each ward, and the last, the Veny Committee, 
The gentleman from Ward 1 had said' there would 
be nothing gained by a heariug. lie thought 
there would be. There had been some things m 
the public prints, to which attention should be 
given, in which peculiar arguments are used tow- 
ards those who are opposed to free feriies. 

Mr. Dickinson read from a paper ol today, in 
which it was charged th.it "this appeal for it lor- 
mal hearing- is mere subterfuge, put forward to 
gain time for lobbying against'the measuie ;" fur- 
ther that "pecuniary arguments will dcbtless be 
brought So bear wherever there is reason to sup- 
pose — and even where theie is no good reason to 
suppose— that members of the Council are open to 
conviction. It is notorious that interested parili e 
whose outside speculative investments are u*>r. 
likely to be improved by free avenues to the city 
in this direction, have lately avowed their pur- 
pose to defeat the project, i! money could do it.'' 

In these statements were covert charges of 
briuery, and they should be met in a full investi- 
gation and hearing. The subject ought to be in- 
vestigated, 'ihere had uevei been an opportunity 
for parties to obtain a hearing on the question. 
The pinposition referred to the Ferry Committee 
was different from what they have repotted upon. 
After hearing one or two parties, they report that 
the ferries ought to be free. The question referred 
to them and that which was reported upon were 
as wide apart as the North 1'ole from the Equator. 
If there is merit in the proposition for a free ferry, 
on an examination it will grow. He appealed to 
its friends, if they want it to be sustained, not to 
present it in this way. 

Mr. Dickinson referred to his remarks in rela- 
tion to the Board of Aldermen, which were, that 
more than one Alderman had said that they had 
acted hastily; more than two. even — not that they 
said so to him— hut he bad no doubt they did say 
so. After having passed through that branch 
unanimously, the friends ot the measure took ad- 
vantage of the fact, came here in great numbers, 
and hoped it would pass through here on the 
strength ot that good feeling. In what, he said lie 
said with the kindest feelings; that there were 
two sides to the question he had no doubt; he 
respected the views of these gentlemen, and be- 



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cause lie respected them, if rhey desired the lerries 
to be free they ought by all means to consent to the 
reference bf this question t/) a committee of the 
whole Council, that it may be thoroughly consid- 
ered, because li" believed it. involved an expendi- 
ture of more than two Broadway extensions. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1, in reply to the remarks of 
the gcntleinin from Ward 6, in relation to the 
wishes of the people of Bast Boston, said that 
their representatives were Letter able to judge of 
their wfshCS than others were; it was for them to 
judge and not him. The report on the subject was 
signed by all the members of the Board of 
Directors, and was made on the 13th of February. 
An order had previously been introduced by Al- 
dermr.ii Cowdin upon the expediency of abolish- 
in-- all lout-tolls. IT) at was referred to the Direc- 
tors of the ferry, who made a report upon the 
amount of receipts from all sources. By this it 
appeared that by the abolition of tolls on foot 
passengers there "would be left on the receipts for 
six months but $35,000, or about 5<70,000 a year. 
The cost of taking tolls would amount to $10,000 
or >f 11,000, which would reduce the amount of re- 
ceipts to some 861,000. 

1 his Mim would be the enormous amount to be 
received from kite ferries, on the proposition to 
abolish tbe loot-tolls, which eveiy one admits 
would he but just. In considering it, they thought 
they might as well make a clean thing through- 
out, and abolish all tolls. He believed the meas- 
ure had been ?arefully considered on its merits 
and bearings, and that if submitted to the popular 
1 ote of the city, i^ would be carried. Some capi- 
ta, ists might, not vote for it. lie did not agree 
b .In gentleman from Ward 10 that tne friends 
of Hi" measure bad attempted to present ar.y one 
lroui expressing an opinion on the subject. If 
there had been any filibustering on the subject it 
not their fault. No sooner had the question 
been reached than a motion was made to adjourn. 
Hte admitted there was a. large attendance in the 
g illciies from Fast Bostou, which showed the in- 
i enst of the people - n tne subject, and it was not 
astiange thing in legislative boiies, as they had 
occasion to kuow that, the officers rapped to pre- 
vent applause, hut that was no evidence that the 
people Wished to gag a question. 

ibis incisure was a step forward in abolishing 
all restrictions upon travel, and he was prepared 
to vote for it. If other gentlemen were not pre- 
pared, it was not his fault. The measure had been 
in one branch or the other since January, and he 
was not responsible for it, but was willing to vote 
for it, and take the consequences with his con- 
stituents, lie believed that it would be approved 
by tbe people. He should make no objection to 
i reference, but, instead of reference to the whole 
Council it should be to the Ferry Committee. It 
could be freely heard before that committee. If it 
was but half a committee, as had been said, the 
Common Council was but the tail end of the City 
(rovernment. 

Mr. stone of Ward 5 rose to a question of order, 
that it was not in order to call the Common Coun- 
cil the tail end of the City Government. 

Mr. Brooks said in one sense it was, but perbans 
it was not proper for him to say so. If he recol- 
lected rightly, the committee hail been alluded to 
as biassed. He did not doubt the committee 
would make up their minds without prejudice, 
and would be willing to hear and make up their 
minds on what they heard. 

Mr. Bobbins of ward 8 said it was but a reason- 
able request which was made, and it was not 
right to disregard the petitions of th ese gentlemen, 
who wished to be heard on the subject. He was 
decidedly in favor of a hearing in a committee of 
the whole Council. The question in relation to 
abolishing tolls had been for many years Defore the 
people, and many are desirous of 'information on 
the subject. It was not that he had not confidence 
iu the Committee on Ferries, but he favored a ful- 
ler reference; yet the Committee had unquestion- 
ably made up tueir minds on the subject. If they 
had received evidence which led to their making 
an unanimous report, the Council was entitled 
to receive the same kind of evidence. If so, all 
will be convinced, and there will be an unanimous 
vote for free ferries. In no other way could they 
come to a right conclusion on the subject. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said the gentleman from 
Ward 1 had got into a slough of misapprehension 
of his remarks; he did not deny that he was not 
able to judge or represent the wishes of his con- 
stituents on the subject. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13 said he hoped this subject 



would not be referred to a committee of the whole 
Council, for no gain would be derived from it. It 
should go to tbe regular committee as in other 
cases, who can give a hearing to all parties. If 
members of the Council wish to hear, they can at- 
tend an I hear better than if they were on the 
committee; better than if tbey were compelled to 
hear it. Charges had been made against the com- 
mittee that they were already pledged to tree fer- 
ries; as a member of the committeehe felt that, 
he. was open to conviction, and was willing to hear 
any argument of those who were opposed to free 
ferries. 

Mr smith of Ward 10 wished to call attention to 
the fact that the Committee on Ferries was a 
Joint Committee; but if referred to the com- 
mittee now, it must be as a Special Committee 
of the Council. There was no reason why it should 
not be referred to a committee of the whole 
Council. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said he desired to say that 
he was opposed to reference to any committee, on 
principle, as unprecedented, and will be shown to 
be evil in all future time. He was not prepared to 
say that be should oppose tbe friends of the meas- 
ure favorable to a reference. If a reference was 
to be made, it should be to the Ferry Committee, 
and not to any other. 

Mr. Webster of Ward 6 said that on account of a 
petition being presented by him for a hearing, the 
gentleman from Ward 1 ' had reprimanded the 
members of the Council for circulating petitions 
and obtaining signatures to such petitions. So 
far as related to himself, he did not give up his 
citizenship when he accepted office as a member 
of the Common Council. He designed to do bis 
duty for tbe best interests of the city, and that 
duty was to report to persons who took an intei- 
est in the actions of the Council. The result of 
that action was that parties got up a petition for 
u hearing before the Council. It was a respectful 
and respectable petition. No reason had been 
heard from tbe Committee on Ferries for their 
action, and they never gave a notice nor a hearing 
on whatjtbey were doing. The subject of free fer- 
ries was never before them properly; the question 
was simply a petition to abolish tb« long tolls, and 
the least that should be done in this case is that 
the petitiou should go to a committee of the whole 
Council. 

Mr. Brooks said the sub'ect came before the 
committee under an order of the Board of Alder- 
men. 

Mr. Webster replied that he did not know of 
such an order. 

Mr. Barnes said he desired not to he misunder- 
stood ; he did not hud fault with members for pre- 
senting the petitions. 

The Chair stated the question, that as motions 
had been made for reference to two different com- 
mittees, under the rules the reference to a stand- 
ing committee would have the precedence. 

Mr. Kobnins of Ward 8, as a fair understanding 
of tbe matter, wished t > suggest that in referring 
to the standing committee, the live members bad 
already made up their mind. 

Mr. Smith of Ward I said be wished to set him- 
self right in this matter, as a member of the Com- 
mittee on Ferries. He admitted that he had made 
up his mind as to the right and justice and equity 
of the measure, vet he was not prepared to admit 
that he could not listen to argument on the sub- 
ject. If there was to be a hearing, he was just as 
well qualified to hear and decide as any other 
member. Tbe senior member of the Council was 
on that committee, but no one would deny that he 
was biassed on the subject. Many things might be 
said on this subject, which he might say at some 
other time. He knew well why the petitiou had 
been brought here, and might some time say some- 
thing on the subject. Reference should be made 
to the Committee on the Ferries, who would bring 
in a report in accordance with the hearing, wheth- 
er it was in their favor or not. 

The Chair again stated the question. 

Mr. O'Brien of Ward 7 offered a substitute for 
the order under consideration. 

The Chair remarked that it was merely a dupli- 
cate of that before the Council. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 raised a question of order, 
that a call of the roll hail been ordered. 

The Chair ruled that it was not too late to offer 
an amendment, the call not having commenced. 

Mr. Kyan of Ward 13 moved tnat the substitute 
be laid on the table. 

Mr. O'Brien called for a reading of the substi- 



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tute, upon which the Chair remarked that it was 
the same as under consideration, with the excep- 
tion of the date, '2d -May instead of 1st Mav. 

Mr. O'Brien said he offered it as the only way in 
which it could he referred to the .Joint Committee 
and be considered by them as new business. 

The Chair ruled that it could not be received as 
differing materially from the order under consid- 
eration. 

the question was taken on the reference to the 
Committee on Ferries, which was lost by a vote of 
31 yeas. 32 nays ; the President voting "nay" on a 
tie vte. The \ote was as follows: 

Yeas — Adams. Ayer, Haines, Bickford, Bonner, 
Brennan, Brooks, Brown, Burt, Cunningham, De- 
vine, Flanders, Flynn, Foye, Gragg, Kingsbury, 
Locue, Moulton, Mullane, JNoyes, O'Brien, O'Con- 
nor, I'ease, Perry, Pond, Roberts, Hyan, Saywaul, 
■smith of Ward 1, Taylor, Vannevar— 31. 

Nays— Barker, Bicknell, Bradt, Clatur, Dickin- 
son, Dolan, Emerv, Faxon, Heisev, Hull, Jacobs, 
Kendall, Cong, McDevitt, Niles, Patch, Perkios. 
Prescott, Bobbins, Robertson, Robinson, Howe, 
Salmon, Smith of Ward 10, Squires, Stone, Web- 
ster, West, Willis, Winch, Woods, Kich,(the Presi- 
dent,)— 32. 

Air. Flynn o>" Ward 7 moved an amendment that 
the committee be composed of one member of the 
Council from each ward. 

Jir. Bobbins of Ward 8 hoped the motion would 
not prevail, tor the only proner way would be to 
refer to the Committee of the whole Council. 

The question was taken on the amendment, on 
which the yeas and nays were ordered, and the 
amendment was rejected— 2 yeas, 59 nays. 

The question then reclined upon the adoption 
of the original motion to refer to the Committee 
ol the Whole Council, which was carried by a vote 
of 41 yeas to 21 nays, as follows: 

Yeas— Messrs. Adams, Ayer, Barker, Bicknell. 
Bradt, Brennan, Burt, Clatur, Cunningham, Dick- 
inson, Dolan, hmery, Faxon, Flanders, Gragg. 
Hersey, Hull, Jacobs, Kendall, Cong, McDevitt, 
Mies, O'Brien, Patch, Perkins, Prescott, Bobbins, 
Koberts, Robertson, Robinson, Rowe, Salmon, 
Sayward, W. J. Smith, Squires, Stone, Webster, 
West, Willis, Winch, Woods— 41. 

Nays— Messrs. Barnes, Bickford, Bonner, Brooks, 
Brown, Devine, Flynn, Foye, Kingsbury', Locke, 
Mou I ton, Mullane, Noyes. O'Connor, Pease, Perry, 
Pond, Ryan, J . Smith. Taylor, Vannevar— 21 . 

The President read an invitation of the Wash- 
ington Inebriates' Reform|Association, to attend a 
dedication of iheir building, No. 1571 Washington 
street, on the 5th of April, at iy 2 o'clock. Accept- 
ed. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

I. J. Wetherbee and twenty others, against the 
proposed raising of Dover street. Referred to the 
Committee on Suffolk Street District. 

J. H. Chadwick and others, for the placing of a 
bell on the Lewis Schoolhouse. Referred to the 
Committee on Fire Alarm. 

Dennis F. Daly, to he paid for services on the 
police during absence, while sick. Referred Id 
Committee on Police. 

BEQUEST OF GEORGE TICKNOR. 

On motion of Mr. Robbins of Ward 8, the report, 
resolve and orders on the bequest of Georg» 
Ticknor to the Public Library, (printed City Docu- 
ment No. 22, 1871,) were taken from the table, 
when the orders and resolves were passed. 

The resolve presents the thanks of the City Gov- 
ernment to Mrs. Ticknor for the relinquishment of 
her right to retain the books dunng her life, and 
the orders provide for the acceptance of the be- 
quests on the conditions required, and request the 
( onnnittee on Finance to leportan appropriation 
of $3000 to furnish accommodations in the Public 
Library for the books and manuscripts. 



ORDERS ' 18S1 II. 

On motion of Mr. Robinson ol Ward 11, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances 
prepare and report an ordinance to provide that 
no part of an appropriation for carrying On an; 
department of tne City G oven ment shall be di- 
verted tn any other purpose than that contem- 
plated when the appropriation' was' made, unlets 
two-tlmos of the whole numl er ol each hram li or 
the Cuy Council shall vote in the affirmative, i \ a 
vote taken by yea and nay; and that no expendi- 
ture exceeding $5000 in amount shall be charged 
ro the appropriation for Incidentals, unless two- 
thirds of the whole number of each branch of the 
City Council shall vote in the affirmative, by vote 
taken by yea and nay. 

Referred to Committee on Ordinances. 

On motion of Air. Ayer of Ward 14, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings he authorized to lease anu fit up looms on 
Athens street, near F street, to accommodate two 
classes of the schools now in Lyceum Hall; the 
expense thereof to be charged to the Appropria- 
tion for School Houses, Public Buildings. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8, from the Committee of 
the Common Council on Police, to whom was re- 
ferred the order authruizmg the sale by auction 
of the sailboat heretofore used by the Harbor Po- 
lice, made a report that the order ought to pass. 

The report was accepted, and the order was read 
a second time and passed. 

Mr. sayward of Ward 16, from the Committee on 
Public Buildings, made n report that it is inexpedi- 
ent to grant the request of the American Consoli- 
dated Fire Extinguisher Company for the introduc- 
tion of their portable machines into the school- 
houses and other public buildings of this city. 
Accepted. 

Mr. Sayward, from the same committee, on the 
request of the School Committee that the necessa- 
ry steps be taken lor the erection of a primary 
schoolhouse in the Prescott Distiict. made a report 
recommending that it be referred to the Commit- 
tee on Public Instruction. Accepted. 

Mr. Dolan of Ward 13 offered the following order, 
which was read once: 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid, upon 
tne draft of the chairman of thi Board of Over- 
seers of the Poor, the sum of $3280, to cover a def- 
icit in the accounts of said Board, caused by 
larceny from the secretary's office; said sum to be 
charged to the appropriation for Overseers of the 
Poor. 

Mr. Mullane of Ward 13 offered an order that the 
Committee on Public Library consider the expe- 
diency of establishing a branch of the Public Li- 
brary in the Highland District. 

Reterred to the Committee on the Library. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved that when the 
Committee of the Whole on the subject of the fer- 
ries are called together, that the meetings snail be 
held in the evening at 1%, o'clocu. 

The Chair stated that when the Council come 
together as a Special Committee they can fix the 
time. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 offered an order that the 
Committee on Public Buildings be directed to pro- 
cure a building for the purpose of giving a public 
bearing oy the special committee on the subject 
of the ferries, and on a suggestion modified it to 
the procuring of a suirable ball. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 10 said the proposition was 
premature, and they hat' better wait until tbey 
came together to see what might be required. He 
hoped it, would not pass. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved that it be laid on 
the table. Carried. 

A motion to adjourn for a fortnight, on account 
Of Fast Day, Thursday next, was modified to an 
adjournment to \\ edn'esday evening next. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 3, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held at 4 o'clock, this afternoon, 
Mayor Gaston presiding. 

Al'POINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Weigher of Coal— A. J. W heeler. 

Measurers of Upper-Leather— William Bragdon, 
William Rowers, lieorge W Bragdon, John W. 
Bragdon, Jr., George Whittemore, Melville C. 
Bragdon. 

Superintendent of Wagons and Trucks— Timo- 
thy K. Page. 

Superintendent of Hacks and Carriages— Buf us 
C. Marsh. 

Special Police Officers, without pay — George 
Atwood, for Parker Building; George H. Hosea, 
for Post 23, G. A. R. ; Lewis Engley, for Howard 
Athenaeum; D. W. .Manning, for VVinthrop Street 
M. E. Church; Hiram A. Campbell, for Base Ball 
Grounds; Charles Wagner, Beacon street, from 
Arlington to Clarendon street; Charles H. Hib- 
bard, for Winter street and vicinity ; Andrew Ne- 
ville for Foster's wharf. 

Members of Fire Department— William Shields, 
Nathaniel H. Bird, David Ripley, Isaac A. Wil- 
liams, William O. Swan, James Crosby, severally 
as firemen of engines. 

Henry W. Longley was unanimously elected 
Clerk of the Board of Engineers of the Fire De- 
partment, on nomination of that Board. 

On report of Alderman Little, Horace A . Sawyer 
was appointed Culler of Hoops and Staves, in 
place of Benjamin Abbott, declined ; and Levi 
Chadbourne a Field-Driver and Pound-Keeper, in 
place of Maurice B. Kowe, declined. 

Police Officers— On the report of Alderman Gib- 
son, from the Committee on Police, the nomina- 
tions of William Chadbourne as Captain, and Ed- 
ward M. Johnson as Lieutenant, were confirmed. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Francis W. Welch and others, against the pro- 
posed change of name of Millmont street. 

Edwin Erwin and others, that sidewalks may be 
laid on that part of Ninth street between D and 
Dorchester street. 

Cook, Jordan & Morse and others, that side- 
walks be laid on Albany street from Dover to Can- 
ton street. 

Grover & Baker Sewing Machine Company and 
others, that Albany street be paved from Maiden 
street to Newton street. 

Eliot School Committee and teachers, that North 
Bennet street be paved with other material than 
stone. 

Lewis Park, to be paid for grade damages on 
Dorchester avenue. 

C. P. Chubbuck and others, that the rocks and 
obstructions on the east side of Warren street, 
near Quincy street, may be removed. 

Benjamin K. and John R. Meins, to be paid for 
grade damages on Dorchester avenue and Second 
street. 

J. Conlan and others, for liberty to set out trees 
in sidewalk of Lawrence street. 

Thomas Keyes and others, that Broadway be 
paved. 

Lane & Coakley, to be paid for damages caused 
by an insecure rail in track on Merrimac street. 

Winthrop Railroad Company, to be relieved 
from obligation to pave their track with stone. 

E. H. Bramard and others, that Dorchester av- 
enue be paved with granite blocks from Fourth 
street to the bridge. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Thomas Dolan and others, against the proposed 
erection of a steam engine by J. G. Day on Hamp- 
den street and Perry court. Referred to Commit- 
tee on Steam Engines. 

John Broderick, for leave to put up and use a 
steam boiler m Clapp street, Ward 16. Order of 
notice issued for April 24 at 4 P. M. 

Frances C. Osborn, for abatement of Hanover 
street betterment. 

John C. Loring and others, that the removal of 
Scollay's Building may be done at night. 



John Ritchie, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterments. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

James O'Fallon and others, aud Timothy J. Da- 
cey and others, severally, that a clock may be 
placed on St. Stephen's Church, Hanover street. 
Referred to Committee on Clocks, etc. 

Trustees of Museum of Fine Arts, tor a modifi- 
cation of the conditions of the grant of land to 
them. Referred to Committee on I'ublic Lauds. 

Robert McCue, for leave to erect a wooden stable 
for six hoj ses on Tudor street, near Sixth street. 

C. Chipman & Son for leave to enlarge a brick 
stable on canal street. 

Jacob G. Edgecomb, for leave to erect a stable 
for two horses on Rockinguam place. 

Severally referred to the < 'ommittee on Health. 

Mary Daley, that the Fabin street drain may be 
opened and cleansed. Referred to the Committees 
on Health and Paving. 

. Samuel B. Boss, to be compensated for injuries 
received while in discharge of his dut'es as a 
police officor. 

Nickerson & Co. and others, that a steamtug be 
provided for the harbor police. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Police. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF MILK 

The annual report of the Inspector of Milk was 
presented, laid on the table and ordered to be 
printed. 

The statistics show the number of cows kept 
within the limits of the city, including Dorchester, 
to be 1387; in city proper, 34; Ward lti, 637; High- 
lands, 440; South Boston, 115; East Boston, 161. 
ISumber of persons who keep but one cow, 323. 
Wholesale dealers in milk registered last year, 
including those who distribute from carriages and 
those who keep more than one cow, 198; whol i 
number of wholesale dealers registered, 1221; 
number now in the business, 501 ; number selliug 
from carriage , 246; small wholesale dealers, 255; 
retailers recorded since last report, 159; number 
recorded, 2967. 

The whole supply of milk to the city is 23,316 
gallons daily, at a cost to consumers of $7,927 44. 
Yearly supply, 8,510,340, at a cost of $2,893,515. 

The number of samples of milk inspected last 
year, 1700; not adulterated, 1090; more or less 
adulterated, 610; analyzed by chemist, 20; average 
amount of adulteration in cases analyzed, 32.40; 
largest amount, 50>£ ; least adulteration, 21 ; whole 
number of cases analyzed to date, 253 ; six com- 
plaints and convictions have been made in the 
Municipal Court, and ten convictions in the Supe- 
rior Court, and there were two settled. Of the 
whole number of comolaints in court to date, 206, 
69 have not been convicted. 

The expenses of this office have amounted to 
$335 33; and the fines and costs paid into the 
courts have amounted to $502 33. 

The Inspector gives a history of the legislation 
in relation to the inspection of milk, and the 
establishment of his office in 1859, and quotes from 
his last year's report a description of the classes 
of milk cans and their capacity, which are used in 
the milk trade, nine quarts and a pint, by the trade 
in Worcester county and bv some in the vicinity 
of Boston, and eight quarts and a half-pint mostly 
used on th<* Fitchburg, Lowell and Eastern Rail- 
roads. A record of the weather for each month is 
given, as affecting the supply of milk, in the quan- 
tity and quality of feed. At'the beginning of the 
year, in April, the prices fixed upon by dealers 
were the same as on the previous year. 

In cases oi deteriorated or old milk, a change of 
milkmen occasionally is recommended as working 
wonders. During the month of June, at one of 
the milk stations every can of one large dairy was 
fouud more or less extended with water. This is 
found to be resorted to sometimes when the supply 
of milk diminishes, and is admitted in some cases. 
When Boston milkmen extend their milk it is 
done on more scientific principles. In July there 
was a decrease in the supply of milk from the hot 
and dry weather, and a still greater decrease in 
August, which was made up to sjme extent by 
adulteration. Condensed milk, and a supply from 
quarters where the milk had previously been sent 
to cheese factories, helped to increase the supply. 

On the last of September at a meeting of milk 
producers it was determined to continue the pre- 
vious winter prices, adding one month more 
to the winter rates. In the last week of October 
the supply of milk became more abundant, and 
freer from adulteration, in January the demand 



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was lessened on account of fear from the cattle 
disease, and the Inspector recommends as a good 
rule, to refrain from using; milk when the taste 
and smell are unpleasant, appearances not indi- 
cating so clearly disease. No specimens of milk 
from diseased cows were obtained for examina- 
tion, although efforts were made to obtain them. 

An extract is made from the report of Dr. Oliver 
E. Wiggiu, Inspector of Milk in Providence, R. I., 
in hints to consumers. In the statement Dr. Wig- 
gin states that there is less difference in the nu- 
tritive qualities of milk and of meat than is gener- 
ally supposed, and helieyes that a gi eater use of 
milk would be advantageous and economical. 
Milk at fifteen cents hecovsiders as economical 
as corned beef at seventeen cents; milk at ten or 
twelve cents is the cheapest food that can be used. 

The supplv of milk is put down as follows: from 
Westborough and neighborhood, over the Boston 
& Albany Railroad, 2500 cans dai!v, which arrives 
in the night, for morning distribution. The Fit-« * 
burg, Lowell, Haitford & Erie aud Eastern bring 
a large portion of the milk. For the encourage- 
ment of consumers it is stated that by a recent de- 
cision of the Municipal Court, if a milk dealer is 
in the daily practice of selling to his customers 
adulterated milk, the amount of his bill is not re- 
coveraole in a court of justice. A tabular state- 
ment is given of the analysis of milk made from 
samples furnished to James F. Babcoek, Analytical 
Chemist. No adulteration was iound except water 
with occasionally a little salt or caramel, to slight- 
ly alter the color of the milk. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 
OF HEALTH. 

The Superintendent of Health reports for the 
quarter expenditures as follows: 

Sweening and cleaning the streets, removal of 
ashes and offal, abating nuisances, and removal 
of snow and ice from public walks and yards, 
$80,271 10. 

Demands against sundrv persous for abating 
nuisances, team work and material sold, the same 
having been deposited with the City Treasurer tor 
collection, $7879 25. 

Amount paid into the City Treasury, and the 
same placed to credit of this department, for the 
quarter, $13,288 35. 

The number of prisoners conveyed from the sev- 
eral station houses to city lock-up under the 
Court House, as follows: Males, 1991 ; females, 
G72— total, 2663. The number of entries for clean- 
ing privy vaults was 1990. 

Ordered to he sent clown. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF 
STREETS. 

The report of the Superintendent of Streets 
states that there has been expended and charged 
to the appropriation for Paving, etc., during the 
quarter ending March 31, for grading and repairs of 
streets and materials purchased for paving, and for 
removing and levelling snow and ice on the streets 
in the city proper, South and East Boston, Roxbury 
and Dorchester, and for grade damages, the sum 
of .¥114,055 12. There were bills lodged with the 
City Treasurer during the same quarter for collec- 
tion amounting to $8106 36. The amountpaid into 
the Treasury during the same period and credited 
as paid by the Paving Department, was $2417 11. 

Ordered to be sent down. 

REPORT OF INSPECTORS OF BALLAST LIGHTERS. 

The quarterly report of the Inspectors of Ballast 
Lighters states that the receipts for the quarter 
amounted to $813 15. Deducting $21 63 for rent 
of office, the net sum of $791 52 was divided among 
the incumbents of the office. 

An invitation of the Washingtouian Inebriates' 
Reform Association to attend the dedication of 
their building, No. 1571 Washington street, on the 
evening of April 6, was accepted. 

HEAUIltOS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on orders of notice, on petition of 
II. \V. l'ratt & Co., for leave to place and use a 
steam engine and boiler at Nos. 114-120 Merrimao 
street ; and on petition of Benjamin E.James to 
place and use an engine at No. 1842 Washington 
street, were taken up. No persons appearing in 
either case, the reports were recommitted. 

The order of notice on petition of John G. Day, 
to put up and use a steam eng'ne and boiler at the 
corner of Hampden street and Perry court, was 
taken up, and on motion of Alderman ( 'owdin was 
recommitted', with instructions to hear the re- 
monstrants. 



REPORT ON STATE AID. 

The report of the Paymaster of ihe Soldiers' Re- 
lief Committee gives the payments lor the quar- 
ter ending March as follows: 

Balance on hand .)an. 1 $332 

Received from the Treasurer of the city at va- 
rious times 22,500 

822,832 
Disbursed to disabled soldiers and sailors and 
their families "22.4(0 



Leaving a balance on hand, April 1 $432 

The number of applicants in the several wards 
and the amounts paid were as follows: 

Wards. Jan. Feb. Mar. Total. 

1 85 80 83 $1,451 

•2 .3ft 108 134 2,279 

3 U 59 83 1.371 

4 59 43 56 C58 

5 104 98 111 1.174 

6.... 55 40 4") 734 

7 177 ISO 1*2 3.US3 

8 74 OS 79 1,303 

(I 52 42 52 755 

10 65 57 56 1.045 

II 70 56 69 1,087 

12 65 54 62 1,135 

13-15 172 141 172 2,857 

16 46 43 52 62i 

Out of State 41 34 4'J 602 

U.S. Navy .52 49 53 b36 



1,336 
Ordered to be sent down. 



1,132 1,333 $22,400 



PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of I. J. Wetherbee and others, J. 
H. Chad wick and others, ami of Dennis F. Daley, 
were referred, in concurrence. 

The communication of Dr. Samuel L. Abbott, 
declining an election as one of the Consulting 
Physicians, was ordered to be placed on file. 

The report of Committee on Public Buildings, re- 
ferring to Committee on Public Instruction the 
request of the School Committee for a primary 
schoolhouse in Prescott District, was concurred 
in. 

The report, "inexpedient" to introduce Ameri- 
can Consolidated Fire Company's Extinguishers 
into the public schools was accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Report, resolve and orders on the bequests of 
George Ticknor to the Public Library. (Printed 
City Document No. 22, 1871.) 

Order for Committee on Public Buildings to hire 
and tit up rooms in Athens street, for two classes, 
now located in Lyceum Hall. 

The order for a loan of $40,000 for Eliot street 
came up amended so as to pro vide that sum by 
transfers, and was passed, in concurrence, as 
amended. 

An order for enactment of an ordinance provid- 
ing that no j: art of an appropriation shall be de- 
voted to any other purpose than the one original- 
ly contemplated, unless by a two-thirds vote; and 
that no sum above $5000 shall be charged to Inci- 
dentals, except by a two-thirds vote.was referred to 
the Committee on Ordinances, iD concurrence. 

PUBLIC PARK. 

The order for the .Mayor to withdraw from the 
Legislature the petition of the city of Boston for a 
public park was considered. 

Alderman Cowdin made a request of the chair- 
man of Committee on Legislative Business for in- 
formation on the subject." 

Alderman 1'ierce stated that it was well known 
that the citizens at the last election made an ex- 
pression of their wishes in favor of a public park, 
and a commission was appointed under the direc- 
tion of the last City Oovcrnment to present the 
draft of a bill for a public park to the Legislature. 
The Committee on Legislative Business therefore 
had nothing to do with the subject, and he though' 
it would noi be in accordance with the wishes of 
the citizens to withdraw the petition from the Leg- 
islature. 

Even should the petition be withdrawn, the Leg- 
islature may act upon the subject as they may 
deem best, and its withdrawal would not affect 
their right so to do. 'the (Jovernor. in his annual 
address to the Legislatuie, recommended to their 
consideration the laying out of public parks, and 
this recommendation was referred to the Joint 
Judiciary Committee for their action. So that it 
would appear, ♦hat while it would place the city in 
au awkward position to pass the order, it would 
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lature. He hoped, therefore, that the Board would 
not concur in the passage of the order, as by with- 
drawing the petition tlie puidic will, as expressed 
in favor of a park, would he disregarded. 

Alderman Oowdui moved that the Board adhere 
to its action in the passage of th3 original order. 
As the representatives of' the people at large, who 
had declared by a la - ge majority in favor of a pub- 
lic park, they should carry out the wishes of their 
constituents and send back the order to the other 
branch, which on due consideration may change 
their action. 

The motion to adhere was carried. 

ELECTION OF SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

The Board proceeded to an election of two Sec- 
ond Assistant Assessors for Wards 12 and 5, with 
the following result: 

Whole number of votes 11 

Necessary to a choice 6 

Ward 5— Districts 8 and 9. 

Roger II. Scanuell 1 

Pierce A. Dou^erty 4 

Ward 12— Districts 16 and 17. 

Samuel R. Spinney 8 

W. U. Mason ji 

George Holmes 1 

Mr. Scaunell was declared to be elected in con- 
currence, Mr. Spinney in non-concurrence. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a 
second time and passed: 

Order to pay A. D. Hodges .$3 50 40 for land taken 
and all damages occasioned by the laying-out, 
widening and extension of Cliff street, to be 
charged to the appropriation for Laying Out and 
Widening Streets. 

order to pay Thomas B. Hall, trustee, for Mrs. 
Annie B. Parker, §1732 for land taken— in the name 
of the heirs of John Brooks Parker— and all dam- 
ages occasioned by the widening of West street, 
to be charged to the appropriation for Laying Out 
ynd Widening Streets. 

Order to pay Hannah P., wife of Lemuel Clark, 
$25,000, for land taken and all damages occasioned 
by the widening of Eliot street, to be charged to 
the Eliot Street Loan; and that the order passed 
by the Board April 4, 1870, to pay the said Clark 
$24,000, be rescinded. 

Order to establish the grade of Seaver street, 
between Maple street and Blue Hill avenue, as 
shown on a plan and profile made by the City Sur- 
veyor, dated Feb 11,1871, and deposited in his 
office. 

Order that the Superintendent of Streets grade 
Seaver street to the line of widening estab- 
lished by this Board Dec. 31, 1870, and build the 
necessary rctaining-walls on the northerly side of 
said street, at an astimated cost of $6000; to be 
charged to the appropriation for Grading New 
Streets. 

< )i iler to pay Darius F. Eddy $142 60, for land 
taken to widen Centre street in Ward 16. 

Order to pay Sampson Mason $1400, for land taken 
on Cottage place in the grading of Fort Hill ; to be 
charged to the Fort Hill Improvement Loan. 

Order requiring Thomas Connolly to remove cer- 
tain encroachments on Sixth street, near Foundry 
street, within ten days; in default of which the 
Chief of Police is directed to remove the same at 
the expense of said ( onnelly. 

The report and orders establishintr salaries for 
the city officers, on motion of Alderman Kicker, 
was assigned to Monday next, at 4 >£ o'clock. 

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS. 

The orders for the purchase of S. E. Brown of 
4350 square feet of land on Tremont street, near 
Cabot street, as a site for Hose House 7, and for a 
transfer from Reserved Fund to meet the expense, 
$8750, were considered. 

Alderman Little stated that he had made some 
inquiries in relation to the value of land in that 
vicinity, and learned that the offer to sell this lot 
at $1 90, as stated last week, was made some 
months previous to its being bonded by the city. 
It appeared that the urice to be paid was a fair 
one and the transaction was above-board, no one 
obtaining any advantage by it. 

The order was passed. 

The report of Committee on Sewers, with orders 
for the Mayor to make a contract with authorities 
of West Boxbury in relation to improvements in 
ihe channel of Stony Brook, and for a loan of 
$75,0u0 to accomplish the work, was laid over one 
week. 



LIST OF JURORS. 

The following communication was laid before 
the Board : 
To the Board of Aldermen of Boston: 

The accompanying list of jurors qaalified to 
serve in the several Courts of Suffolk county hav- 
ing been revised by this Board, and having been 
posted up for more than ten days, is now ready for 
acceptance and for transmission to the Common 
Council. S. F. McCleary, City Clerk. 

Accepted and sent down. 

ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF THE COCHITUATE 
WATER BOARD. 

Alderman Pierce, from the majority of the Com- 
mittee to Nominate Candidates tor the Cochituate. 
Water Board, made a report recommending the 
election of Nathaniel J. Bradlee and Charles H. 
Allen. 
A minority report was also presented as follows: 
The undersigned, members of the Special Com- 
mittee appointed to nominate candidates for the 
Cochituate Water Board, dissent from so much of 
the recommendation of the majority as relates to 
the election of Charles R. Allen, and recommend 
the election of Albert S. Pratt. 

E. B. Vannevar. 

F. C. Faxon. 

The report of the committee was accepted, when 
the Board proceeded to an election, the result of 
which was as follows: 

AVhole number of votes H 

Necessary to a choice 6 

Nathaniel J. Bradlee. H 

Chas. H. Allen 7 

Albert S. Pratt 4 

. Messrs. Bradlee and Allen were declared to be 
elected. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Mar- 
kets, reported in approval of the transfer of lease 
of cellar No. 5 NewFaneuil Hall Market from G. 
C. Nichols to Eli Aver. Accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on Steam 
Engines, reported in favor of granting the petition 
of George G. Morris to erect and use a steam boil- 
er and engine, corner of F and Third streets. Ac- 
cepted, 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor of petitions for building stables, 
as follows; Almou Parry, at the correr of Conant 
aud Parker streets; Augustus Richardson, a brick 
stable for five horses on Gay street; Shepherd 
Brooks, a brick stable witu four stalls, rear of 94 
Beacon street; National Tube Works, a stable for 
six horses on Mill street, East Boston. Severally 
accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses as follows: 
John N.Capen to give a concert at Wesleyan Hall, 
April 6; to seventy-eight newsboys, two boys as 
bootblacks aud two as pedlers; also to sundry 
persons as victuallers and innholders, and for 
wagon stands, and dealer in second-hand articles. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Streets, 
to whom were referred the resolve and order 
adopted by the Board ot Street Commissioners, to 
widen Washington street at the corner of Milk 
street, at an estimated expense of $43,780, made a 
report that the resolve and order ought to pass. 

The committee would also recommend the pas- 
sage of the accompanying order, charging the ex- 
pense ot the widening to the appropriation for 
Laying Our and Widening Streets. 

The report was accepted, and the resolve and 
order for the widening of Washington street by 
taking land belonging to the heirs ofTaskerll. 
Swett, Henry W. Dutton andlWilham H. Dutton, 
and heirs of Samuel Davis and others, amounting 
to 510 feet, at a value of $26,680, and of damage to 
buildings of $17,100, making a total expense of 
$43,780, were passed. 

The following order was also passed, as recom- 
mended by the committee : 

Ordered, That the expense of widentng Wash- 
ington street, according to the resolve and order 
passed by the Board of Street Commissioners, 
March 27,1871, be charged to the appropriation for 
Laying Out and Widening Streets. 

Alderman White, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Streets, to whom was referred the order 
requesting His Honor the Mayor to petition the 
Legislature to amend the acts relating to laying 
out streets in the Koxbury and Dorchester dis- 
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pass. The report was accepted, and the order was 
rejected. 

The same committee, to whom was referred the 
order to consider the expediency of accepting 
Hunneman street as a public highway, made a re- 
port recommending that the order bs referred to 
the Board of Street Commissioners. Accepted. 

Alderman 1'ierce, from the Committee on Har- 
bor, on the part of the Board of Aldermen, to 
whom was referred the ] etition ol'F. J.&S. L. 
Ward, for leave to remove beach gravel from a 
portion of Spectacle Island, made a report rec- 
ommending the passage of the accompanying or- 
der: 

Ordered, That Messrs. F. J. & S. L. Ward be 
permitted, under the direction of the Harboi|Mas- 
ter, to remove by dredging, or otherwise, the 
gravel immediately surrounding their wharf on 
Spectacle Island, for the purpose of avowing a 
convenient passage for vessels to and from said 
wharf. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Ac- 
couuts, to whom was referred the order of the 
School Committee requesting the City Council to 
consider the expediency of consolidating the five 
appropriations for schools into two, with the re- 
port of the Com tuittee on Public Instruction there- 
on, made a report that there is no action necessary 
thereon, as the Auditor of Accounts has made a 
new arrangement of said appropriations for the 
coming financial year. Accepted. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid, under 
the direction and with the approval of the Com- 
mittee on Armories, a sum not exceeding $250 for 
repairs of the armory occupied by Company E, 
First Kegiment, M. V. M. ; said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for Armories. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That that part of Warren avenue 
bounded by Pembroke street, West Newton street, 
and Columbus avenue, be hereaf er called and 
known as Columbus square, and that the Super- 
intendent of Streets be directed to place street 
signs upon and number said square. 

Ordered, ffhat the Board establish the revised 
grade of Tremont street, between Culvert and 
Vernon streets, as shown on a plan and profile 
made by the City Surveyor, dated March 27, 1871, 
and deposited in the office of said City Surveyor. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets, 
under the direction of the Committee on Paving, 



be authorized to contract with James J. Ftynn for 
supplying the beach gravel required by the Paving 
Dep'aftment during the year 1871, upon his giving 
bonds satisfactory to the City Solicitor in tna sum 
of $5000, with two responsible sureties, for the 
faithfui perfor.rjance of said contract ; the proposal 
made by said James J. Klvrm for supplying gravel 
being the lowest received. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on Nor- 
folk street, between Lambert avenue and High- 
land street, to furnish new edgestones to support 
the sidewalk, within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Supenntendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on Wal- 
nut street, Water street and High street, Port 
Norfolk, Ward 16, to furnish new edgestones to 
support the sidewalk, within twenty days. 

Ordered, that the Superintendent ot streets he 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on the 
northerly side of Washington street, between 
Eliot square and Pynchon street, to lay their side- 
walks with brick, within twenty days. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That His H^nor the Mayor be author- 
ized to discharge two mortgages given by Benja- 
min F. Campbell to the City of Boxbury, one dated 
September 26, 1853, and recorded with Norfolk 
deeds, lib. 221, folio 227, and the other dated M ay 
18, 1855, and recorded with Norfolk Deeds, lib. 237, 
folio 155— it appearing from the Treasurer's records 
that the notes and interest for which said mort- 
gages were given, have been fully paid. 

An order was also passed to abate a nuisance in 
Johnson's Block, rear of Meander street. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That there be paid to the heirs of 
Nathaniel Parker $18,220, for land taken and all 
damages occasioned by the widening of Kingston 
street, by a resolve of Dec. 30, 1870, conditioned 
upon a satifactory deed being given and a release 
of the city from all costs and damages ; the same 
to be charged to the Kingston Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Sarah A Gunni- 
son $7100, for land taken in'the name of William 
Gunnison and all damages occasioned by the 
widening of Kingston street, by resolve of Dec. 30, 
1870, upon the usual conditions; the same to be 
charged to the Kingston Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to William C. Wil- 
liamson and George S. Derby $400, as damages to 
their estates, Nos. 254, 256, 258 Tremont street, in 
raising the grade of said street. 

Adjourned. 



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Proceedings of the Common Council, 

APRIL 5, 1871. 






An adjourned meeting of the Common Council 
was held this evening at 7>£ o'clock, Matthias 
Rich, the President, in lhe chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The quarterly reports of the Superintendents of 
S'reets ami of' Health, of Paymaster of State Ai.i, 
and of Inspectors ol" Ballast Lighters were sever- 
ally ordered to i>e placed on tile. 

lhe petition of the Trustees of the Museum of 
Fine Aits was referred, in concurrence. 

The reports referring the order on the expedi- 
ency of accepting Hunneman street to the Boaid 
of Street Commissioners, were concurred in. 

The ^port (no action necessary) on the order 
concerning the consolidation of the five school ap- 
propriations into two was accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
coneurrenee : 

Order for a contract to he made with James J. 
Flynn, for furnishing the beach gravel for Che 
Paving Department during the year, he being the 
lowest bidder. 

Order for the appointment of Horace A. Sawyer, 
as a Culler of Hoops and Staves, in place of E. 
Abbot, declined; and Levi Cbadbourne as a Field 
Driver, in place of .Maurice B. Uowe, declined. 

The resolve and order for the widening ot Wash- 
ington street, at the corner of Milk street. 

The order that there be allowed and paid not 
exceeding $250 for repairs of armory of Co. E, 
First Regiment, M. V. M., was read once. 

SECRETARY OF ENGINEERS OF FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

The certificates of the nomination of Henry VV. 
Longley as Secretarv cf the Boaru of Engineers of 
the Fire Department, and of his election by the 
Board of Aldermen, were read, when the Council 
proceeded to an election, Messrs. Hull of Ward 4, 
Barker and Perkins of Ward 6, acting as a com- 
mittee to receive and count the votes. The whole 
number of votes was 48, 47 of which were for Hen- 
ry W. Longley and 1 for M. F. Wells. 

Mr. Longley was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

ELECTION OF SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certilicate of election of Samuel R. Spinney 
as a Second Assistant Assessor, in place of George 
Holmes, chosen by the Council, was read. 

The Chair read a communication from Mi. Spin- 
ney, expressing thanks for the vote given him in 
the other branch, with the request that his name 
be withdrawn. Ordered to be sent up. 

Mr. Adams of Ward 12 stated thit the delega- 
gation from that ward had withdrawn the names 
of Mr. Holmes and Wm. H. Mason. 

Messrs. Bobbins of Ward 8, O'Connor of Ward 7 
and Stone of Ward 5 were chosen a committee to 
receive and count lhe votes. The committee re- 
ported as follows : 

Whole number of votes 49 

Necessary to a choice 25 

Gilbert Wait 34 

Joseph R. Grose 11 

William H. Mason 3 

George Holmes 1 

Mr.Wait was declared to be elected, in non-con- 
currence. 

The report nominating members of the Water 
Board at large was accepted. 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8 stated that Mr. Pratt 
wished to have his name withdrawn as a candi- 
date. 

f he certificate of election of members of the 
Water Board at large was read, and the election 
was laid over. 

PUBLIC PARK. 

The non-concurrence in the amendment made 
by this Council to the order concerning the Pub- 
lic Park bill, by inserting the request for the 
.Mayor to withdraw the petition recently presented 
to the General Court, in relation to Public Parks, 
came up for consideration. 



Mr. Patch of Ward 11 moved that the Council 
adhere to its former vote. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 inquired the effect of the 
vote. 

The Chair stated that it would remove it from 
the Council, while if not passed, it would leave 
the question open for a subsequent motion. 

The motion to adhere was carried, bv a vote of 
29 to 20. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order that $811 20 be appropriated to pay for 
new hose. 

Report and order authorizing the erection of a 
bell tower on Engine House No. 1, at the corner of 
Dorchester and Fourth street-. South Boston, at 
an expense not exceeding $1200. 

TRUSTEES OF MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY. 

The report of committee nominating Trustees 
of Mount Hope Cemetery was accepted, and the 
certificate of election was read, when the Council 
proceeded to an election. Messrs. Winch of VVaid 
10, Bickfonl of Ward 15, and Prescott of Ward 
•J were appointed a committee to receive and 
count the votes, and reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 43 

Necessary to a choice 22 

Samuel B. Hopkins 42 

Joseph P. Paine 40 

Scattering 4 

Messrs. Hopkins and Paine were declared to be 
elected, in concurrence. 

CONSULTING PHYSICIANS. 

The report of committee nominating Consulting 
Physicians was accepted, and the certificate of 
election was read, when the Council proceeded to 
an election. The Chair called attention to the 
letter of Dr. Samuel L. Abbott, declining election. 
Alessrs. Emery of Ward 10, Bonner of Ward 2, and 
Faxon of Ward 14 were appointed a committee to 
receive and count tue votes, and reported the re- 
sult as follows : 

Whole number of votes 53 

Necessary to a choice il 

Wm.Read 47 

Henry Bartlett 47 

Georye Fabyan 46 

Moses C. Greene 47 

Job n W. . oye 44 

Samuel L. Abbott 4 

I. T.Talbot 2 

W. U. Thorndike 1 

A. P. Richartlsou I 

Drs. Read, Bartlett, Fabyan and Greene were 
declared to oe elected in concurrence, and Dr. 
Foye in non-concurrence. 
The following orders were also passed : 
An order that the Committee on the Public Li- 
brary report on the expediency of establishing a 
branch library in the Highland District. 

Order that there be paid on the draft of the 
Chairman of the Overseers of the Poor thirty-two 
dollars and eighty cents, to cover a deficit in the 
accounts of that Board, caused by larceny from 
the Secretary's office. 

Order to pay Company G, 1st Regiment, for ar- 
mory at corner of Union and Marshal streets, 
$194 31 in addition to the amount heretofore or- 
dered. 

AUDITOR'S ESTIMATES AND APPROPRIATIONS. 

The order relating to the specific appropriation 
for the financial year187l-72; and the order laying a 
specific tax to defray the expenses of the city of 
Boston and county of Suffolk for the financial 
year 1871-72, also to pay the State tax. (printed 
City Document, No. 23, 1871.) were considered. 

Ou motion of Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, the Auditor 
was rtquested to explain any matters connnected 
with the appropriations which may require ex- 
planation. 

The order relating to the specific appropriation 
was read, and the several items of appropriations 
were separately considered. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved to strike out the 
item for Contingent Funds, amounting to $9000, 
$3000 for expenses of joint standing and special 
committees not having charge of appropriations, 
and $2000 each for the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
mon Council departments. 

Mr. Stone of "Ward 5 asked whether there was 
any reason for striking it out. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward II wished the Auditor to 
explain this matter, for he baa understood these 
items never came up for the action of the City 
Council in this shape before. 



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Mr. Turner, the Auditor, said in answer to the 
question, that in relation to the hills tor which the 
amount appropriated for Contingent Funds is to 
meet— they have heretofore been incurred by 
committees, approved by the Mayor, and charged 
to the appiopriation for Incidental Expenses, 'ihe 
present Mayor, in looking over the question, be- 
came fully convinced that the method which had 
heen pursued was, to say the least, highly objec- 
tionable, and had only custom, as it had been 
pursued for a long time, to justify it; but as there 
was no lav/ whatever for him to fall back on, he 
therefore declined to continue the practice. Upon 
lull consideration and consultation he thought 
the proposed method one which should be trted 
and was open and above board. 

The expenses charged under this head have been 
growing from a small sum at the time the city was 
established until for the financial year ending 
April 30, 1870, they amounted to $33,708 88, and for 
the present financial year to $17,050 13. ihe com- 
mittee to meet this class of expenses now propose 
the sum of #9000, and make it a legitimate ex- 
penditure and not pursue the course of making the 
Mayor of the city assume the approval of commit- 
tees' expenses or bringing the alternative upon 
him of bemg in collision with that portion of the 
City Council who incur the expenses in the dis- 
charge of their duties and have no appropriation 
to which they may be charged. The item for the 
Mayor of $2000 is for the purpose of entertaining 
distinguished visitors and extending to them the 
In spitalities of the city. 

Mr. Dickinson wished to know, if these provis- 
ions were allowed to stand, whether there was 
any reason why appropriations could not be made 
as heretofore. 

'Ihe Auditor stated that the chairman of the 
cciminitree on the part ot the Council had amend- 
ments to pxopose, which would require the assent 
ot the Mayor as well as the presiding officer of 
each nranch to appropriations from this Contin- 
gent Fund. 

Mr. Dickinson further inquired, on the supposi- 
tion that this appropriation should prove to be 
not sufficient, how they would be able to get ah ng 
with the §9000 and whether there was any reason 
why they should not appropriate as before. 

The Auditor stated that in such a case, as in 
others of deficiencies, it must be met by transfers, 
and the same course must be pursued' in the ap- 
proval of the bills. 

Mr. smith of Ward 10 advocated striking out the 
item. Lost. 

Mr. Smith moved to insert at the end of the 
item of appropriation for Contingent Expenses of 
the Common Council "for the payment of sixty- 
four badges for members of the Common Council, 
$1024." " 

Mr. Smith stated, in suDport of the amendment, 
that at the commencement of the year the Council 
voted to procure badges. Kor himself he did not 
care anything about the badges, but he wished the 
new members to be provided with them. To meet 
the expense it was said that they would wait until 
the Appropriation bill for the new financial year 
should come up, when it would be paid out of this 
fund. He did not wish to have the expense paid 
out of this fund, but to put the question fairly and 
squarely to the Council for the payment directly. 
If it is to be decided, it should not be in a sneaking 
manner, but in a fair and honest way. If the 
amendment should be adopted, he should move to 
deduct the amount from the appropriation for 
Incidental Expenses. 
The amendment was adopted. 
Mr. Winch of Ward 11 moved to amend by mak- 
ing the appropriation for the Council Contingent 
Expenses .$5000 instead of $2000. If $2000 was to 
be expended in eating, he thought sixty-four men 
could eat more than twelve. 

Mr. Webster of Ward 6 inquired if committees 
were not already provided for in the first item. 

Mr. Winch stated that if the Mayor and the 
Hoard of Aldermen were to be provided each with 
$2000, there should be allowed to the Council a 
sum more in proportion to their numbers. The 
motion to make the sum $5000 was carried. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14 moved to add the words 
".Mayor and" before "Chairman" and "President," 
so as to require the approval of the Mayoi as well 
as Chairman of the Board of Aldermen' and Presi- 
dent of the Common Council in the approval of 
bills paid out of these Contingent Funds. 

Mr. .smith of Ward 10 said be had no objection 
if a similar approval should be required', iu appro- 
priations from the Mayor's funds, of one of the 
other officers; he thought they should have con- 



fidence enough in the President pf the Council in 
the approval of bills, and believed this amend- 
ment unnecessary and uncalled for. 

.Mr. Noycs asked what difference it would make 
as to the usual custom. Hereto lore the approval 
of the M.ivoi anil of the 1 icsident of the Council 
had not been required in the payment ol the lulls, 
and mis was the same. Tuere was uo reason why 
this should be brought in, for there was uo differ- 
ence from the practice heretofore. If legal with- 
out, he could not see what need there was of this 
provision, and he hoped it would not prevail. 

The Auditor replied that this provision was put 
in to make it legal, under a doubt about the pre- 
vious practice. 

Air. Winch wished to know whether, if these 
bills 9re approved by the chairman of the Hoard 
and by the President of tae Council iu the cases 
in each branch, they are not as legal as they are 
when approved by the chairman ol any committee 
The Chair stated that in the appioval of hills by 
the chairman of a committee, they are not ap- 
proved only by him, but by the .Mayor. 

The Auditor stated that passatre of the order 
making; the annual appropriations did not carry 
with it the authority to expend the same without 
further legislation by the bodies who had control 
of the same, unless expressly authorized by ordi- 
nance, or in the case of committees, to whom is 
given the joint rules and orders, and the rules of 
the Board of Aldermen, authority to expend some 
not exceediug $200. and the other $500 for an ex- 
press purpose. On all orders authorizing the ex- 
penditure of money chargeable to any appropria- 
tion, it has to receive the approval of the Mayor 
to make it legal. 

Mr. Smith referred to transactions by the Com- 
mittee on the Suffolk Street District^ in the ap- 
proval of bills. 

The Auditor stated that an appropriation was 
made for that district, and the committee were 
authorized to make appropriations under it to 
expend sums not exceeding $1000 without coming; 
to the City Council, and that order received the 
approvai of the Mayor. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said he wished to 
make an inquiry, it was simply to make the 
payments of money legal in form, and not for the 
purpose of putting "restrictions upon payments. 

The Chair stated that by the explanations of the 
Auditor, it was to make the payments legal. 
The amendments were adopted. 
Mr. Smith moved to amend the appropriation 
for Incidental Expenses, by deducting from it the 
sum added to the Council Contingent Expenses, 
making it $86,976. 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5 moved to amend by 
making the sum $50,000- That amount he thought 
should ne as much as an economical government 
could get through with. 

Ihe latter amendment was lost, and that of Mr - 
Smith was carried. 

In the items for Meant Hope Cemetery, Mr. 
Smith moved to strike out $5000 for new green- 
house and office. 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8 inquired the reasons 
for the motion. 

Mr. Smith said he believed the whole thing was 
a humbug from beginning to end. A graveyard 
was not exactly a matter for joking, but the whole 
matter of the management of this cemetery was 
in giving away lots for less than they cost with 
the improvements. It is the only cemetery in the 
city which does uot pay expenses. Besides the 
appropriation for care and improvement, which 
in this order is $16,000, all of the income from the 
sale of lots is sunk in this miserable place. It 
was the most iniquitous thing under the City 
Government, and the biggest humbug. 

Last year there was a committee appointed to 
investigate the management of the cemetery, and 
he happened to be on the committee. They were 
satisfied that the policy in its management was 
bad, but thought it not advisable, to make a report. 
When they come here year after year for appro- 
priations, it is asking too much; it is wasting 
money every day, and it is a perfect sink of money. 
He could not see why they should buy land and 
beautify it to sell it at a dead loss. The less pr<q>- 
erty they had, the greater were the expenses in the 
care of it. It requires more men to take care of 
it, and several miles of walks more are added 
every year. The matter was growing worse every 
vear, and if it could not be taken care of for 
$16,000, they should sell it out. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 wished to know if the ap- 
propriation for the green house had been asked 
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Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8 replied that it was 
asked for by the Trustee.*. The trouble with the 
gentleman from Ward 10, who was on the commit- 
tee, was that he was so much impressed with the 
Catholic cemetery in that vicinity that he could 
not see this one with its necessities. If the city 
would onlv appropriate enough to beautily the 
cemetery, it can he made more attractive, and he 
placed iii a better condition in a sale of lots. 

.Mr. Winch wished to know if the Committee on 
Cemeteries recommended this appropriation. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said the answer could be 
found on page 47, City Document 19, where it au- 
pears that tap Trustees ask for this appropriation, 
hut the committee do not approve cf it. 

Mr. Kobinson of Ward 11 saul the subject of the 
request of theTrustees came before the committee, 
but it did not pass. Since then the committee had 
visited the cemetery, but had not arrived at the 
conclusion yet to lepoit in favor of it. lie was 
nnt in favor id' the appropriation for several rea- 
sons, but particularly because it is not enough. 
It is not worth while to authorize an expenditure 
ot $51)00 when ir is certain that the job will run up 
to $10,000 or $15,000. 

Air. Moulton of Ward Osaidthe gentleman ap- 
peared to be scared. The Trustees talked over the 
matter of the appropriation, aDd voted unani- 
mously to ask for it. He should be ashamed to 
vote for striking out the appropriation. 

.Mr. Winch said $5000 would not be enough for 
the greenheuse and office. The party who makes 
the plans is of that opinion, but remarks that if 
no more can be had, thev can cut the coat accord- 
ing to the cloth. He would not vote for anything 
which would warrant an expenditure or $15,00u or 
more. 

.Mr. long of Ward 8 stated that some of the 
members of the committee were in favor of the 
appiopriati in. The office is now in the centre of 
the grounds, and it was important to have it near 
the entrance. Many parties come there because 
the lots are cheaper than elsewhere, and it is ae- 
sirable to make it attractive to draw others there, 
with a prospect of making it pay better. With 
the greenhouse and the office near the entrance it 
would improve rhe cemetery very much. 

Mr. Winch said that this appropriation of $16,000 
was virtually but half the cost of taking care of 
the place. The receipts of $14,000 or $15,000 last 
year for lots vvere also expeuded, and were so 
much additional to the cost. If the expenditures 
were to go on in this way every vear without in- 
creasing the receipts, it was time to stop. 

Mr. smith of Ward 11 said that was just his idea, 
that itwas lame to stop. The simple business is to 
induce people to buy lots in the cemetery at rhe 
loss of the city. He did not understand that it 
was for any other purpose than to comply with the 
law in providing a place of burial for the poor peo- 
ple, a nd it could not be expected that the city 
would make money in competition with any other 
cemetery. They comply with the ordinance in 
providing Tor the poor, but it could not be sup- 
posed they would go into competition with Mount 
Auburn. An expense of near $40,000 would be in- 
curred yearly to attract customers, and yet all the 
time it is leading the city into debt, for the ex- 
penses were constantly increasing as the place is 
enlarged and improved. 

Mr. smith of Ward 1 said if this cemetery was 
got up for the benefit of poor people, they should 
not object to an appropriation of $10,000 or $15,000 
for its improvement or beautifying. Poor people 
have hearts as well as rich people. This is one of 
the greatest benefits of it that it is a cemetery 
where they can buy lots cheap, and with its beau- 
titication it goes towards a relief of their woes and 
griefs. No one, should raise his \ oice against such 
an appropriation. 

The motion to strike out the appropriation was 
lost— 21 to 23. 

On the item for support of schools, Mr. Smith 
inquired how much it was over that of last year. 

The Auditor stated that on an investigation of 
the pay-roll, it was found that a reduction of 
$2fi,700 could he made without impairing the effi- 
ciency of the schools. This was an increase of 
$75,000 over the appropriation of last year, while 
it should be considered that $20,000 were trans- 
ferred to meet, the additional expenses of the year. 

Mr. Flyun of Ward 7 inquired about the appro- 
priation for Sealers ot Weights and Measures. 

The Auditor stated that after the passage of the 
appropriation order last year, an additional Sealer 
was appointed lor the Koxbury and Dorchester 



District, and the amount sufficient to meet the ad- 
ditional expense was met by transfer, and that the 
sum now asked for was less than the total voted 
for the present year. 

The several items which were passed upon were 
now passed as a whole, and the orders uiakine the 
specific appropriations and laying a tax to defray 
the expenses of the city for the financial year 
1871-72 were passed. 

The orders and appropriations are as follows: 
An order relating to the specific appropriations 
for the finaucial year 1871-72: 
It is hereby ordered by the City Council, That to 
defray the expenditures of the City of Boston and 
the cbuutv of Suffolk, for the financial year which 
will commence witu the first day of May, 1871, and 
end with the last day of April, i872, the following 
sums of money be and the same are hereby re- 
spectively appropriated for the objects and pur- 
poses as'explained in the Auditor of Accounts' 
Estimates, City Document No. 19, 1871, and in the 
applications of the varioyus committees and boards 
contained and printed in said document. 

And it is further ordered, That no money shall 
be expended, and no debts be incurred for any ob- 
ject or purpose, for which a specific appropriation 
is herein made, beyond the amount which is so 
specifically appropriated: provided, however, that 
any sums of money which may be subscribed or 
contributed by individuals to promote the objects 
of anv of the foregoing appropriations, and which 
torm no part of the estimated income of the city, 
shall be strictly applied, according to the inten- 
tion of the contributors, and shall be credited to 
such appropriations accordingly ; that is to sav: 
For 

Advertising $4,000 00 

Annuities 800 00 

Armories 25,000 00 

Bells and clocks 3,800 00 

Boston Harbor 10,000 00 

Bridges 27,000 CO 

Cemeteries 14,200 00 

Chestnut Hill driveway 5,000 00 

City debt 77,625 00 

City Hospital 110,600 00 

Common, public squares, etc 87,850 00 

Contingent Funds— Nine thousand dollars, as follows : 
For the expenses of the Joint Standing 
and Special Committees of the City 
Council, not having charge of any ap- 
propriations of money, incurred by said 
committees while in the discharge of 
their official duties, the bills for the 
same to be audited and allowed for pay- 
ment by the Auditor of Accounts, upon 
their first being approved by the Mayor, 
Chairman of the Board of Aldermen, 
and the President of the Common Coun- 
cil $3,000 00 

For Contingent Expenses of the 
Mayor, the bills for which the 
Auditor of A ccounts is author- 
ized to audit and allow for 
payment upon their being ap- 
proved by the Mayor, 2,000 00 

For contingent expenses of the 
Board of Aldermen, to be ex- 
pended in such manner as the 
Board of Aldermen shall or- 
der, and the Auditor of Ac- 
counts is authorized to audit 
and allow for payment all bills 
so ordered, upon their being 
approved by the Mayor and 
Chairman ofthe Board of Al- 
dermen 2,000 00 

For contingent expenses of the 
Common" Council, to be ex- 
pended in such manner as the 
Common Council shall order, 
and the Auditor of Accounts 
is authorized to audit and al- 
low for payment all bills so 
ordered, upon their being ap- 
proved by the Mayor and Pres- 
ident of the Common Council. 5,000 00 
For sixtv-four badges for mem- 
bers of the Common Council. . 1,024 00 

$13,024 00 

County of Suffolk 275,000 00 

East Boston Ferries — 

Care and management $153,500 00 

New ferryboat 50,000 00 

208,500 00 

Engineer's Department 18,000 00 

Fire Alarm Department 33,718 00 

Fire Department 359,310 00 

Health Department 350,000 00 

Interest and premium 1,252,000 00 

Incidental Expenses 86,976 00 

Lamps 350,000 00 

Markets 1»,500 00 

Militia bounty 50,000 00 



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Mt. Hope Cemetery— care and 

improvement $16,000 00 

New Greenhouse and Office.. 5,00(1 00 



Overseers ot the Poor 

Old claims 

Paviug. grading and repairs of 

streets 

Police 

Printing and stationery 

Public baths 

Public buildings 

Public Institutions- 
House ot Industry 

House ot' ''orrection 

Lunatic Hospital 

Pauper ExDenses 

Steamboat H. Morrison 

Quarantine Department 

Office Expenses 

Receiving House, Deer Island 

New Workshop.. 

Laying Water-pipe 



Sealers of Weights and Meas- 
ures 

Sewers and Drains 

Sinking Fund Commissioners 

State tax 

Surveyor's Department- 
City Proper 

Survey of Roxbury 

Survey of Dorchester 



Unliquidated street claims 

War extten ses 

Water Works 

Water Works interest and pre- 
mium 

Widening streets 

Deduct amount of estimated in- 
come, as stated on page 23, 
City Document, No. 19,1871 

We have the amount to be rais- 
ed by taxation, viz 

To raise this amount of $7,563,538, will, in 
the oninion of the Auditor of Accounts, 
require a gross tax of 

From which, deducting the amount which 
will not be paid into the Treasui y within 



21,000 00 

67,200 00 

1,500 00 

l,0O0,0i'O 00 

607,500 00 

35,0(0 00 

:i7,0"0 00 

95,000 00 



$1 40,5*0 00 

90,000 00 

73,01111 0I» 

17,000 00 

13,000 00 

12,500 00 

7.800 00 

12,000 00 

10,000 00 

8,000 00 



Publio Lands 

Public Library 

Reserved Fund 

Salaries 

Schools and Schoolhouses— 

School Instructors $875,000 CO 

School expenses, School Com- 
mittee 67,000 00 

Salaries Officers, School Com- 
mittee 22,500 00 

Schoolhouses, public build- 
ings 240,000 00 



389,800 00 

10,000 00 

67,000 00 

300,000 00 

137,000 00 



$1,204,500 00 

S».8G5 00 

100,000 00 

2,500 00 

933.775 00 



$26,000 00 
5,000 00 
3,000 00 



34,000 (,f 

65.OC0 00 

POO 00 

274,000 00 

536,000 00 
150,000 00 

$9,500,743 00 



$1,837,205 00 



$7,563,533 00 



87,790,444 00 



the financial year, say 226,f06 00 

We have the balance required, as provided 

page 10 S7,563,53S 00 

Ordered, That the sum of seven million seven 
hundred and ninety thousand four hundred and 
forty-four dollars be raised on the polls and es- 
tates taxable in this city, according: to law, to pay 
the current expenses of the City of Boston and the 
County of Suffolk, during the financial year, which 
will commeuce with the first day of May. 1871, and 
end with the last day of April, 1872; also the tax 
assessed by the General Court of Massachusetts 
for the year 1871. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14, from the joint special 
committee appointed to nominate two suitable 
persons for Directors of East Boston Ferries at 
large, made a report recommending the election 
of Daniel D. Kelley and J. Irving Cross. 

The election was' laid over. 

A further communication was received frcm the 
Washingtonian Inebriates' Reform Association, re- 
questing that as the Council had accepted their 
invitation to be present at their opening, this 
evening, before changing tbe evening for the 
session of the Council, if consistent with busi- 
ness, an early adjournment be made for such visit. 
Ordered to be placed on rile. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15, 

Ordered, That tbe evidence presented at the 
hearing before tbe Special Committee of the Coun 
cil on the subject of abolishing the tolls on the 
East Boston ferries be reported in full and printed 
for the information of the Council ; the expense io 
be charged to the Appropriation for Incidentals. 

Ordered, That the President of the Council be 
requested to exclude from the coat room con- 
nected with the Council Chamber all persons not 
members of the Council or the Board of Alder- 
men, or who are not directly connected in an offi- 
cial capacity witn the Executive or Legislative 
Departments of the City Government. 

On motion of Mr. Burt of Ward 16, 

Ordered. That the Fire Alarm Committee be 
requested to consider and report upon the expedi- 
ency of placing a tire-alarm bell on Engine House 
No. 19. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 called for a report of tbe 
Committee on the Order relative to the establish- 
ment of a Branch of tbe Public Library at South 
Boston, which was referred to the committee in 
February. 

Mr. Ayer of Ward 14 stated that the committee 
were not ready to report, and asked for further 
tiuie, which was granted. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APK1L 10, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon, at 4 o'clock, May- 
or Gaston piesiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Weigher of Coal and Hay— Charles Freeman. 

special Police Officers, without pay— Robert A. 
Backup, for Koxbury Post Office; VVm. H. Ban- 
croft, tor the Mount Vernon Bank and its vicinity; 
D. L. Weniworth, for the Parker Street District; 
CbarltsS H. Wright, for Marlborough street and its 
vicinity; Abraham C. Mace, tor Commonwealth 
avenue and its vicinity. 

Members of Fire Department — Alonzo Dounells. 
George W. Stoddard and Charles Brooks, severally 
as drivers. 

The nomination of J. C. K. Humphrey, as a 
member of Engine Company No. 4, was submitted 
for confirmation, and a protest was presented 
from members of said company that his election 
as a member t)ok place at a special meeting, ille- 
gally held. They therefore requested that the 
subject of confirmation be referred to the Com- 
mittee on Police. The nomination was so re- 
ferred. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

M. J. Flatley and others, that North street, from 
Uuion street to Merchants' row be repaved. 

Thos. W. Kobmson & Brother and others, that 
Findall street be paved with wood. 

Jonathan Preston, for compensation for change 
of grade in Dartmouth street. 

severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

Patrick McDonald, for leasehold damages on an 
estate on Fort Hill. Keferred to Committee on 
Fort Hill Territory. 

W. F. Woodward, for leave to erect a stable for 
six horses on Harrison avenue, near the Mont- 
gomery House. 

Henrietta Libbey and others, that a nuisance 
c.iosed by the erection of a stable by A. II. Wilson 
on Fifth street be abated. 

W. Carey, for leave to erect a stable for forty- 
two horses at the corner of Cross and Fulton 
streets. 

Samuel Train and others, against the proposed 
erection of a stable corner of Cross and Fulton 
streets. 

John Schuh and others, against the erection of a 
stable on Tudor street. 

Cummings & Carlisle, for leave tojbuild a stable 
for five or ten horses on Maiden street, near Alba- 
ny street. 

John Haskins and others, that a pond on Bovver 
street may be till°d or inclosed with a fence. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

J. H. Gray and others, for the use of Faneuil 
Hall. April 20, for a public meeting. 

Walter S. Sampson and others, for the use of 
Faneuil Hall, April 19, for reception or Sixth Mas- 
sachusetts Regiment. 

Severally referred to Committee on Faneuil 
Hall. 

P. J. Schumacher & Co., for leave to have a pro- 
jecting sign at No. 19 Doane street. 

P. A. Crooker, for leave to maintain a projecting 
sign at 143 Court street. 

Charles W. (ialloupe, for leave to use a hoisting 
beam on Harvard street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Police* 

Calvin A. Richards and others, for an alarm bell 
in the vicinity of Northampton street. Keferred 
to Committee on I 1 ire Alarms. 

Thos. P. Holt aud others, for a sewer in P street. 

A. F. Bloch, notice of application for jury to de- 
termine the subject of sewer assessment in Eliot 
street. 

Leonard Day, for a sewer in L street, between 
Third and Second streets. 

Severally referred to Committee on Sewers. 

E. C. Baker, for renewal of bond to convey real 
estate on Pembroke street ^forfeited for non-pay- 
ment of instalments. Referred to Committee on 
Public Lands. 



James G. Vose and others, trustees, for abate- 
ment of Hanover street betterment. 

George Dornhofer, for abatement of Hanover 
street assessment. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Streets. 

PETITION FOR A NEW COURT HOUSE. 

Henry W. Paine and othtr members of the Bar, 
that a new Court House be provided lor this coun- 
ty, tor the reasons that the present accommoda- 
tions are utterly insufficient, anil at times render 
it impossible for the courts to transact their 
ordinary business with any degree of despatch or 
comfort to themselves, juries, suitors, or wit- 
nesses. Signed by about 150 members of the Bar, 
with a note appended by Chiet-Justice Chapman, 
as follows: "i'he representations contained in the 
foregoing petition are true, and I feel authorized 
to say that all the members of this Court have 
long been of opinion that the proper administra- 
tion of justice requires that a Court House shall 
be provided as speedily as possible in some more 
retired and quiet localiiy." 

Supreme Judicial Court Juries, respecting the 
present location of the Court House, in the diffi- 
culties of hearing witnesses ou account of noise 
from business in the vicinity. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings on the part of this Board. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF CHIEF OF POLICE. 

The report of the Chief of Police tor the quarter 
ending March 31 contains the following statistics: 

Arresrs, 5731— males 4519, females 1212; Ameri- 
cans, 1667 ; foreigners, 4061 ; non-residents, 1214 ; 
minors, 1042; commitments, 4090; committed to 
City Prison, 3131— males 2400, females 731 ; Ameri- 
cans, 1283; foreigners, 1848 

Lodgers, 13,726— males, 12,534; Females, 1192; 
Americans, 5322; foreigners, 8404; non-residents, 
11,048; minors, 2433. 

The principal offences for which arrests were 
made were as follows : 

Assault and battery, 391 ; felonious assault, 43; 
common drunkards, 111; disorderly, 711; disturb- 
ing the peace, 85; drunkenness, 2726: fornication, 
40; idle and disorderly, 68; simple larceny, 230; 
felonious larceny, 103; malicious mischief, 69; 
shopbreaking, 32; suspicious persons, 305: truan- 
cy, 67; vagrancy, 60; violation of city ordinances, 
119; suspicion of larceny* 60; violation of Sunday 
law, 25. 

Amount of property taken from prisoners and 
lodgers, and restored as per their receipts, 
•120,757 57; amount of property leported stolen 
in the city, $24,941 ; amount recovered. ¥13,879 38; 
aggregate amount of imprisonment, 313; 2 ' years; 
amount of tines imposed. $12,307; number of days 
spent in court, 2814; witness fees earned, $3412 44; 
larcenies reported in stations, 539; arrests for 
same, 337. 

Accidents reported, 134; buildings found open 
and secured, 631; cases investigated, 1381 ; danger- 
ous buildings reported, 15; defective cesspools, 91 ; 
defective drains and vaults, 82; defective hydrants 
and water gates, 25; defective lamps, 3619; defec- 
tive streets and sidewalks, 618; defective water 
pipes, 51; disturbances suppressed, 2004; extra 
duties performed by officers ; 989: tires extin- 
guished without alarrh, 40; intoxicated persons 
assisted home, 592; lost children restored, 148; 
rescued from drowning, 5; sick and injured per- 
sons assisted, 44; stray teams put up, 68; street 
obstructions removed, 8370; vessels boarded, 184. 

Expenditures for the quarter — pav roll of officers 
$135,463 85: care of stations, 1169 13; fuel, 1776 19; 
gas, 1898 20; water, $257 28; carriage of prisoners, 
$763; medical attendance on sick and injured per- 
sons, $327 20; furniture and carpets, $363 49; print- 
ing and stationery, $566 68; expenses of Harbor 
police boat, $250 18; sundry expenses, $2105 75; 
soup expenditures. $3331 86— total for quarter, 
$148,282 81; previously expended. $427,382 90— total 
for the year. $575,665 71. Amount of appropria- 
tion, $575,000. The amount of $3381 86 for soup, 
was not provided for in the estimate and causes 
the excess over the appropriation. 

Ordered to be placed on file. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OF THE PORT PHYSICIAN. 

The whole number of patients treated in the 
Quarantine Hospital was five; of this number 
one had measles and four had smallpox. One died, 
one recovered, and three remain in hospital, do- 
ing very well at this date. No vessels have stopped 
at the station during the quarter. One case of 
smallpox was carried by the station by the steam- 
er Calabria from Liverpool, in January, and was 
brought back to hospital by steamer Henry Morri- 



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son. Considering tin; liability to smalipox by the 

emigrant steamer.-, and of the severity with 
which our sister cities have been visited by the 
terrible scourge for the last three months, we 
Should consider ourselves extremely fortunate in 
having bad so small a number of cases of smallpox 
in our own city. By the application Of the orders 
now being considered ny the Board of Health, it 
is hoped tbat much of out present liability to the 
introduction of this disease through emigration 
may be avoided. s. H. DtJRCHH, 

Tort Physician. 

AUDITOR'S MONTHLY EXHIBIT. 

The Monthly Exhibit of the Auditor was pre- 
sented in print, it being an exhibit of the general 
and special apnropnations for the present finan- 
cial year of 1876-71, as shown in the books in bis 
office. April 1, 1871, including the April draft, be- 
ing twelve months' payments of the financial year 
— exhibitinir the oiigmal appropriations, the 
amount expended, and the balance of each unex- 
pended at that date. The Auditor says the bal- 
ances unexpended will have to meet the payments 
ol interest and premium on the City and Water 
Debt, toe requisitions of the eoui'ty courts, and 
the special drafts drawn during: the month of 
Aprili. A recapitulation gives the following re- 
sult: 

Aupropi lations , 

Revenues, etc. Expended. Unexpended. 

Genera! $1U,0U3,0S2 32 $9,142,959 26 $S60,123 t»« 

Special ti,4(U,i- as 37 3,7iS,SM Stf 2,732,963 40 

$i6,464,920 69 $12,871,814 23 $3,593,106 46 

Ordered to be sent down. 

The Mayor laid before the Board the following 
communications : 

Boston, April 10, 1871. 
To the City Council : 

Gentlemen — I transmit herewith for your con- 
sideration a letter reeeiv d by me from Col. James 
risk, Jr., commanding the Ninth Regiment of 
New York, asking that the hospiralitv of the city 
of Boston may be extended to his regiment. 

VVm. Gaston, Mayor. 
New York, April 5, 1871. 
Hun. William Gaston: 

Dear Sir— This will introduce to you Ma.jor J. B. 
Hitchcock, Captain G.A. Fuller and Lieutenant 
A. P. Bacon, officers of my regiment, and the com- 
mittee aopointed by the Board to visit your city, 
and confer with you in regard to a proposed trip 
on the 17th June proximo. Ibey are empowered 
to make all arrangements in behalf of the Ninth 
Regiment, and I would respectfully ask that the 
hospitality of the city te extenned to the regiment. 
I am, witn much respect, 

James Fisk, Jr., 

Colonel Commanding. 

Alderman Pierce said that after th enaction of 
the Board in relation to the reception of the Sixth 
Massachusetts Kegiment, in declining to do any- 
thing, he could not see how they could be consist- 
ent in taking any other course in relation to this 
regiment, should this New York regiment visit 
the citv, it should be a call upon the private liber- 
ality oi' the citizens which should be appealed to, 
and not the City Government. It could not be ex- 
pected that the'mass of citizens should be taxed 
through the City Government for the purpose, and 
there was no reason why this regiment should re- 
ceive i/he hospitality of the city, any more than the 
military from any other locality. He moved that 
the communication and message be laid on the 
table. 

Alderman Cowdin said it would he treating the 
matter rather abruptly to dispose of it in this 
summary way. It would be better to appoints 
committee to consider and report upon the sub- 
ject, as a mere act of courtesy. There were 
various links in the chain which bind 
this city to New York, and it was very im- 
portant that this chain should be strengthened 
and not weakened. The reception and enter- 
tainment by the city in its corporate capacity or 
bv its citizens might be an advantage to both 
cities. He should prefer to have the communica- 
tion referred, and tc get some light on the subject, 
and not dispose of it in the way proposed. Such 
a reference would be much more oleasing to uiin- 
self than to have it laid on the tal.le. 

Alderman Pierce believed this could be as well 
settled now as at any tune in the future. The 
question was whether to extend the hospitality of 
the city to this or to any other regiment. The 
city could not do so, and could not subject the 



community to any such expense. It was no small 
matter for us to do. for it would open the door to 
other regiments and military bodies in other sec- 
tions of the country. The action in each particu- 
lar case must be such as can be applied to future 
cases of like character. He hoped the Aldermen 
would not refer the matter, but in the kindest 
manner would not consent to take any action It 
was voted not to receive the Sixth hegiment be- 
cause it would be a fad precedent, and he could 
not gee anything in this regiment which required 
this city to receive them, lie was not disposed to 
go out of the way, as indicated, for the purpose of 
increasing the freight or travelling facilities of 
this city, for the public necessities and patronage 
would give us all we need of that. 

Alderman Cowdin said he would state tint, as 
he understood it, they did not want the city to 
spend a dollar; all they desired was a public recog- 
nition. They had made their arrangements to 
board at the St. James while they are here, and 
pay their own bills, and all they want is a public 
lecognition and reception. 

Alderman Pierce said he could not understand 
that anything less was expected than Jie Hospital- 
ities of the city to the regiment, and as hospitali- 
ties were generally understood, either by individ- 
uals or by the city', they are to be our guests and 
treated as such. He could not understand what 
hospitalities could mean unless we were to enter- 
tain them at the exuense of the city. 

Alderman Cowdin said the matter should be re- 
ferred to an appropriate committee to consider 
and report. If such a report be satisfactory it can 
be adopted. He moved, therefore, that it be re- 
ferred to the appropriate committee— modified to 
Committee on Armories, at the suggestion of the 
Mayor. 

Alderman Plumer said he concurred with the 
Alderman opposite (Pierce) in what he had said, 
tbat the communication should be disposed of uow. 
He did not know anything about the regimont. 
but he did know something of its colonel, and he 
did not think it would be creditable for the city to 
do anything in relation to the matter. 

The motion to refer was lost, when the motion 
to lay on the table was carried, 

BUST OF THOMAS SHERWIIT. 

A petition was received from Thomas Gafliekl 
President of the English High School Association, 
stating that a bust of Thomas Sherwiu had been 
obtained from Thomas It. Gould, and they request 
that an appropriate place may be provided for its 
reception in the building in Bedford street. 

Alderman Jenkins ottered the following order: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to prepare a suitable niche in 
the English High School Building for the recep- 
tion of the bust" of Thomas Sherwiu, recently the 
Principal of said school; the expense to be charg- 
ed to the appropriation for Grammar Schools, 
Public Buildings. 

Alderman Cowdin inquired the cost of the pro- 
posed work, this being an economical and reform 
City Government? 

Alderman Jenkins replied that he did not know- 
how much it would cost, but supposed not more 
than from $150 to $200. 

Alderman Cowdin said it might be $100 or $1000, 
or $5000, aud it would be well to know beforehand 
what expense was to be incurred. If it was not bi 
cost nioie than $500 he would not object to the 
passage of the order. 

Alderman Jenkins said this was one of those 
cases which often occur, and in which the expense 
would not be large, and concerning which the City 
Government had always been ready to incur the 
small expense necessary. He had another order 
of a similar character to otter. 

The order was passed. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed. 

Oroer to pay Win. C. Williamson and George S. 
Derby $400, for grade damages to estate Nos. 254- 
258 Tremont street. 

Order, to pay Sarah Gunnison $7100, for land tak- 
en and all damages occasioned to her estate in the 
widening of Kingston street. 

The order to pay heirs ot Nathaniel Parker $18,- 
220 for Kingston street damages, was considered. 

Alderman Jenkins moved an order as a substi- 
tute, to pay the same parties $18,720, on the same 
conditions as provided in the original order. 

The substitute was adopted, and the order as 
amended was passed'. 



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PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence : 

An order that the Committee on the Public 
Library report on the expediency of establishing a 
branch, library in the Highland District. 

Order that there be paid on the draft of the 
Chairman of the Overseers of the Poor, thirty-two 
dollars and eighty cents, to cover a deficit in the 
accounts of that Board, caused by larceny from 
the secretary's (.ffice. 

Order to print report of testimony taken at hear- 
ing before the Common Council on subject of East 
Boston Ferry tolls. 

order for Committees on Institutions, eta., to re- 
port if any means can be adopted to aid discharged 
prisoners to lead honest and reputable lives. 

i >rder for Committee on Fire Alarms to consider 
tlic subject of locating an alarm bell on Engine 
House iso. 19. 

order for Committee on Public Library to have 
further lime to report on subject of a branch 
library at south Boston. 

ELECTION OF CONSULTING PHYSICIAN. 

The election of oue consul ring physician, in 
place of Dr. Samuel L. Abbott, declined, was 
taken up. The result of the ballot was the choice 
of Dr. John W. Foye, in concurrence, by a vote of 
11 to 1 for Thomas"!-. Jenks. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOK, WARD TWELVE. 

The election of one Second Assistant Assessor 
for Ward 12 was taken up, the Common Council 
having non-concurred in the election of Samuel K. 
Spinney, declined, by the choice of Gilbert Wait. 
The Board proceeded to an election with the fol- 
lowing result: 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessary to a choice 7 

Wm. H.'Masoi 8 

Gilbert Wait 3 

George Holmes 1 

Mr. Mason was.declared to be elected, in noncou- 
currence. 

PUBLIC PAEK. 

The adherence by the Common Council to their 
amended order concerning the Public Park bill, 
by inserting the request for the Mayor to with- 
draw the petition recently presented to the Gen- 
eral Court in relation to public parks, came up 
lor action, 

Alderm m Plumer moved to concur in the action 
of the Common Couucil. 

Alderman Pierce said he did not see why the 
Board should concur with the Council, and thus 
recede from its foimer position. There was no 
reason why they should ask that the petition be 
withdrawn from the Legislature. Besides, it 
would be useless now, as he understood a Dill had 
already been reported today in the Legislature 
establishing a park or parks. 

Alderman Plumer said he was opposed to this 
project for a public park, and had not committed 
himself to it. This city was differently situated 
from other cities, lor the country outside of the 
city limits was one vast public park for miles, 
kept in the best condition by private individuals. 
Being better provided for than elsewhere, the city 
should not embark in the great expense which 
must result from laying out a public park. 

The question on concurrence was lost by a tie 
vote of 6 to 6, as follows: 

Yeas— Cutter, Gibson, Jenkins, Plumer, Kicker, 
Woolley. 

JNays — Cowdin, kittle, Pierce, Pope, Talbot, 
White. 

APPROPRIATION BILL 

The order relating to the specific appropriation 
for the financial year 1871-2; and the order laying 
a specific tax to defray the expenses of the city of 
Boston, and county of Suffolk, for the financial 
year 1871-72; also to pay the State tax, (Printed 
City Document, No. 23, 1871,) came up with the 
following amendments, viz.: 

Increase Contingent Fund of Common Council 
from $2000 to $5000. 

Add item of $1024 forbadges of Common Council. 

Decrease Incidentals from $91,000 to $86,976. 

Insert the words "Mayor and" before the words 
"Chairman" and "President" on page 7. 

Alderman Pierce moved to strike out the appro- 
priation for badges, to amend the Contingent Fund 
for Board ot Aldermen bv reducing the amount 
from $2000 to $1000, and to make the amount of 
fund for Common Council $3000 instead of $5000. 

Alderman Pierce stated, in relation to the Con- 
tingent Fund, that various expenditures had 



grown up with the growth of the Government, for 
the paymeut of which there was no legal authori- 
ty, but which had been sustained by custom, and 
the bills had been approved by the Mayor. 'Ihese 
expenditures had grown to a large and unreason- 
able amount, and it was now proposed to set apart 
a Contingent Fund, that whatever m iy be expend- 
ed may be legally appropriated and accounted for. 
Occasionally there was hack hire required, and 
dinners were also found to be necessary, and the 
committees having appropriations at their com • 
mand were authorized to use within proper limits 
these appropriations. The committees not having 
appropriations have got dinners also, and their 
bills have been approved. To cover these bills 
these funds have been established, only to be 
drawn upon with the approval oi the Mayor. 

In relation to badges, he could see no necessity 
for them as an Alderman, and he considered it hid 
duty to vote against them. When the matter 
comes up, each individual must decide tor him- 
self, and each department, like individuals, must 
decide for themselves. Under the authority of 
this fund, if the members of the Council choose to 
spend so much of the appropriation for badges, 
the responsibility will be upon them, and there 
was no reason why they should bring him into 
that responsibility. The question to be settled 
was by public opinion and their responsibility to 
their contracts, and rot by acrimonious debate 
between the two branches. With the luid they 
can procure badges, and he was willing the'v 
should do so, relieving him from the responsi- 
bility. 

He did not think it quite fair for the Council to 
require him to vote for the badges, and on that 
account he moved to strike out the appropriation. 
Independent of that, he was willing to submit the 
question to the sober second thought of the Coun- 
cil, whether it was not far enough to ask him to 
go, when they had at command a fund out of 
which to pay for these badges. It seemed to hi.n 
further, that the sum of $3000 was enough for 
their Contingent Fund, and that $1000 would be 
sufficient for the Board of Aldermen. He hoped, 
Therefore, that his amendments wculd prevail. 

Alderman Cowdin said it seemed to him that 
the Alderman was not consistent in striking out 
the appropriation for badges, yet was willing to 
vote for an appropriation out of which the Coun- 
cil can pay for the (badges. If oppose! to 
badges, he should make it a condition that no part 
of the appropriation should be expended for them. 
The badge was a small matter on which to spend 
much time, and it was a question whether in a 
conflict on it they would not lose more than they 
would gain. In the large amount of duties to be 
performed the preservation of good feeling was 
the best for the public good, and he thought it was 
better to pass this than to restrict the Council. 
He did not propose to shirk any resDonsibility. 
and was willing to go to the public and" to his con- 
stituents for a settlement of the question. 

Alderman Jenkins suggested that the appropri- 
ation far the Mavor be $1500 and that of the Board 
$1500. 

Alderman Pierce further remarked that so far as 
related to the Board, he did not deem it wise to 
have badges, but he would not impose his opinion 
on the Council. It was nor, wise, or prudent, or 
right to impose on a coordinate bianch of the 
Government that they should not make expendi- 
tures for hick hire or badges. He would not dic- 
tate to them, and was willing to vote the money 
for a Contingent Fund. Dictation would produce 
harm. On this point he referred to the action of 
the House of Representatives in 1866, in refusing 
to appropriate money for cutlery for themselves, 
while they conceded the right "of the Senate in 
using their appropriation for stationery in their 
own way. That was the only way in which the 
question could be settled. 

Alderman Plumer said it was not necessary to 
state his opposition to the appropriation ' for 
badges, and he could see no other course than to 
vote to reject the appropriation for badges. 

The motion to strike out the amendment to ap- 
propriate $1024 for badges was carried. 

The question recurring on the amendment to 
substitute $1000 for the appropriation for the Con- 
tingent Fund for the Board of Aldermen, Aider- 
mau Jenkins moved to make it $1500. 

Alderman Pierce accepted the amendment to 
make the funds for the Mayor and Board of Alder- 
men each $1500. 

Alderman Plumer said it was with reluctance 
that he had anything to say on the subject. He 
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Irom him had the interests of the city as much at 
heart as he had ; yet he believed it to be his duty 
to oppose this kind of illegitimate expenses. 
TLiS question wou.d not have ueen raised except 
from i he great complaint of dining and wining at 
the public expense. This establishment oJ a Con- 
tingent Fund did not meec the main difficulty. 
The largest amounts which ate expended by tin' 
branding committees are- not reached at all. It 
appeared by the Auditor's report that the expen- 
ditures i f this branch last, year for coitirigeuf. ex- 
penses, in dining and wiling, amounted to 
70S 88. To speak within bounds, there miw have 
been near that sum expended in the oilier branch. 

If api eared, then, that more than $70,000 were 
expended last year lor dining at the public ex- 
pense. Such an outlay was demoralizing in its 
influence, and the expenditures were but a small 
part of the evil. Today, officers in the City liall 
were holding their positions by the frailest tenure 
because of the | ernieious effects of their sur- 
roundings resulting Irom such disbursements. 
There was not a gentleman in either branch, if 
$1000 were proposed for an expenditure for each 
member, 'out what would revolt at such a provi- 
sion, yet such an amount is expended for each 
member iu the aggregate. 

The members of the City Council come iuto the 
City (government without any pay, emolument or 
reward. It that was not the reason, they should 
not have come at all. The question was what can 
he done to stop the progress of the evil com- 
plained of. It would he intinitely better in every 
point of view to pay each member $500 or $1000 and 
let him find bimselt. than to imrsue the course 
which had been going on. Kvery gentleman knows 
the abuse to which tire city was subject. Re had 
not been in the Government two weeks, before be- 
ing called to a committee meeting at 1 o'clock, 
and before concluding a motion was made to ad- 
journ to Young's to dinner. This was opposed by 
li i m and the other Aldermen, but they were our. 
voted. It was not pleasant to speak of these 
things, but the public should know of them and a 
stop should be put to them. 

The motion to amend by making the two funds 
specified $1500 each was carried. 

The further motion to reduce the fund of the 
Council to $3000, was also carried. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce the amount of 
appiopriation for Incidental Kxpenses was fixed as 
originally at $91,000, the Contingent Funds amount- 
ing to $3000. 

; ilABY BILL. 

The Salary bill, specially assigned, was taken up 
for consideration. 

Alderman Cowdin moved as an amendment that 
the salaries of the several city officers be fixed at 
the rates of last, year. Some of these salaries, he 
said, he would like to raise, but consideiing the 
depression in business, gold coming down, the 
prices Ot produce and articles of trade becomim; 
reduced, it was not a time for raising salaries. 

Alderman (iibsou inquired if the motion would 
bar him irom proposing any changes. 

The Chair stated that it would not. 

Alderman Oihson moved to increase the salary 
of the Assistant Messenger $200. 

Alderman Woolley said he had hut a word to 
say. The Salary bill had been carefully consid- 
ered in committee, and passed unanimously as 
reported. Under all the circumstances he was of 
the opinion that the rates should not be increased 
from last year, although there were instances in 
which the heads of some of the departments had 
not the salaries which they require. More of their 
lime and attention are needed in their duties than 
formerly, and they should be paid large* salaries; 
but as there is a difference of opinion in the Hoard, 
he waswilling the rates should be the saineasla^i 
year. 

The amendment was adopted. 

Alderman l'huner moved to make the salary of 
the Auditor $5000 instead of $4500, as last year. 

On motion of Alderman Cutter, the yeas and 
nays were ordered on the motion. 

Alderman Plumor said he would vote most 
heartily by a yea and nav v.ote in favor of raising 
the salaries, as proposed by the committee. It t'ue 
men holding the ollie.es were not entitled to I lie 
amounts reported by the committee, they were 
not the right men in the right place, and they 
should have the right men in their places. The 
salaries should be in keening with the places, 
this matter should not be passed over hastily, lor 
the committee had two hearings on the subject, 
and were agreed hi their report. 

Alderman < ul i.< r said he should consider him- 
self nicin to vote igaihsl i 1000 tor badges an cl yet 



vote for raising all the salaries. He did not icliev'' 
it necessary to increase salaries. .UanY of the mem- 
bers of the Board were elteted on a Kefoim tit k- 
i l ut he could not see anv relorm m tbi.-. 

The Chair stated that the consideration of the 
Salary lull in this manner was loose id form, Hi- 
lary till contains certain dates connected with 
the salaries, but to vote to fix the salaries a - 
r would leave nut tlesi provisions. 
er some further remarks oi, this point, by ibe 
( hair and several Aldermen, ihe order as amend- 
ed e-.abli-hii.g silarics was laid on the table by 
general consent, and the salary bill was taken up 
and considered, < ach section separately . 

Ihe tjrsi chan-'i iu the billf.om las. y( l] 
the increase ol $1000 for clerk hire in the Treas- 
urer's office. 

Alderman Woolley stated that the increase 
called lor iiv the increase of business 

Aide. -man Cutter moved to s'rifce out the ad- 
ditional $1000 and make it the same as last yeai 
As the Treasurer went abroad last year, an 1 vso ill 
heat home the present year, an increase \ 
not he required. 

Alderman I'kimer said the increase was ab- 
solutely necessary for the efficient discboige i»f 
the duties of the office. 

Ihe motion to strike out was lost. 

Yeas— Cowdin, Cutter, White. 

Nays— (iihsoB. Jenkins. Pierce, I'lumer, Pope, 
Kicker. Talbot, Woolley, 

the section was adopted, as reported. 

Alderman Cutter moved to make the salary of 
the Auditor $4500, as last year, and the clerk hire 
the same as last year. 

Alderman Pierce said there was no reason why 
the salaries of the Treasurer, Auditor and City 
Clerk snould not be the same, re paring equal wi — 
dom, care and responsibility. He hoped the 
motion would not prevail. 

Alderman Cutter stated that the Auditor as 
Cleik of the Commissioners on the sinking fun I 
would receive $600, which would 1113k 3 his salary 
Seii!)i). The decline ot sold would give him ten 
per cent. more, lie did not think it judicious i„ 
increase salaries, and the me in tiers of the ■ Hoard 
should pause before voting an inore 

Alderman Piujner incpiired If th" reasoning of 
the Al lerman was correct with regard to the 
increase of salaries by the decline of gold, why 
not reduce the salarv of the City Treasurer. 

Alderman Cutter 'said he would go for such a 
decrease. 

Alderman I'lumer said the Auditor should com- 
ma nd this salary, for it was not too much ; cash- 
iers in hanks, salesmen in business houses, and 
others whose duties were not half so arduous or 
responsible as those of the Auditor, commanded 
as large salaries, tie believed they had. got the best 
man for the position, and the salary should be 
increased. 

The motion to reduce from $5000 to $4500 was 
carried, <> to 5, as follows: 

leas— Cowdin, Cutter, Pope, liicker, Talbot, 
White. 

N'avs— Gibson, Jenkins, Pierce, I'lumer, \\ ool- 
lev. 'Absent— Aldeiman Little. 

The motion recurred upon reducing the clerk 
hire 9800. 

Alderman YVoollev said the increase was neces- 
sary, and the committee were unanimously in 
favor of it. 

Mdernian Cowdin said h" would not vote against 
any necessary expenditure, and would vote for 
the amount, as reported. 

The motion to reduce was lost, and the section, 
as reported, was adopted. 

Alderman Cutter moved to make the salary of 
the City Clerk $4500, as last year. Carried, by a 
vote of 7 to 4. as follows : 

Yeas— Cowdin, Cutter, Jenkins, I'ope. dicker, 
Talbot, White. 

.Nays— tiibson. Pierce, I'lumer. Wooiley. 

As amended, the section was adopted. 

On motion of Alderman Cutter, the salary of the 
Clerk of Common Council was Bated at $1000. 

Aldei man Cutter moved to make the salary of 
the clerk if Committees 9880b. 

Alderman Jenkins honed the motion would not 
prevail. The salary was really very small for the 
amount of labor performed) and it should be $8 MX) 
instead of $8800. 

Alderman Cutler said he had talked with the 
Clerk, who was satisfied with the salary as ir was. 
lie knew the amount of 1 ibor he performed, but, 
his dutv bound him to vote against an increase of 



pay 



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as reported, was adopted, tlie salary being fixed at 
$3300. 

Tin salary of the Assistant Messenger was fixed, 
as reported, at $1000. 

On motion of Aldermau Cutter, tbe salaries of 
tlie City Engineer and City Surveyor were each re- 
duced to tJUiat of last year; also those of the City 
Registrar, \\ ater Kegi-trar and Harbor Master. 

Alderman Cutter moved to make the salary of 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms $2500. 

Aluerman Woolley opposed the motion, for tlie 
duties had been doubled by increase of territory, 
and he was ou duty by day anu by night. Three 
linii's a week be slant in liie office, and in case of 
storms all the time, liable to be called out by 
breakage of wires <>r for repairs. The safety of 
the city depended much upon keeping the machin- 
ery in working order, and Ticy certainly should 
pay such salary as would compensate him tor 
his s irvices. 

Aldermau Cutter said it appeared that the sala- 
ry was but $1200 ten years ago, and he thought the. 
present salary a large increase. 

The motion to reduce was carried; 

Alderman Cope moved to strike out the provision 
fi r a horse and vehicle. 

Alderman Woolley said he should be more op- 
posed to tuts, for he could not well attend to his 
l usiness without a horse and vehicle. The wires 
had been increased forty-one miles the present 
year; once in every ten days he is obliged to visit 
every box, and it is impossible for him to do so by 
cars or on foot, if tney would look at the bills, 
it would be found that they were almost double 
what it would be to furnish a vci.iele, and he could 
better attend to his duties by such a provision. 

Alderman Gibson said he would like to strike 
the horses and vehicles- from all the Salary bills. 
'They require a change every year, and are very ex- 
pensive institutions. It would be but a short dis- 
tance from one horse-car route to another, and it 
would be easy to walk that distance. The expense 
would he Dot less than $1200 to keep the horse and 
vehicle. It could be run lor $2500 a year without a 
nurse, except a little poe.ketmoney for car tickets. 

Alderman Kicker moved to lay the Salary bill on 
the table. Lost. 

The amendment was lost, and the section as 
amended was adopted. 

The several salaries of Superintendents of Sew- 
ers, streets and l'ublic Buildings were reduced to 
last year; the last on motion of Alderman Kicker, 
the others by Alderman Cutter. 

Alderman Cutter moved to reduce to last year 
the salary of the Superintend* nt of Health. 

Alderman White hoped the amendment would 
not prevail. If the Alderman could only seethe 
dirty places he was obliged to visit, smallpox pa- 
tients, tenement houses, etc.. he would believe 
that he richly earns S300Q. 

Alderman Cutler said he did not doubt his abil- 
ity, but m his motioi.s to keep salaries at last 
year's prices, be did not wish to be partial. 

The motion to amend was lost — 4 to 5. 

The section was adopted as repotted. 

The next change proposed was in the reduction 
of salary of superintendent of Lamps. 

Alderman Kicker opposed the motion. There 
was no head of department who worked more 
hours or harder than the Superintendent of Larnps. 
He was in all parts of the city to see that the lamp- 
lighters properly discharged their uuiies, early 
and late, anil it was the third department only in 
the amount of expenditures and importance. 

The motion to amend was lost, and the section 
as reported was adopted. 

The salary of Superintendent of Mount Wash- 
ington Avenue Bridge was increased, as reported, 
and that of the Superintendent of Federal Street 
Bridge was considered. 

Aldermau Cutter said he had moved the fixing 
of salaries of other officers at last year's rates, 
but those of Superintendents of Bridges were 
small, and lie should not object to their standing 
as reported. In this case the use of a horse and 
the aid of three men were required, and they were 
up at all i-iuies in the night, and called upon to 
deal with rough people. 

Alderman Plumer said he was tired of hearing 
the Alderman make motions for reductions, but 
he would go with him with all his heart in these 
salaries. 

Alderman Gibson moved a reduction of the sala- 
ry of the Superintendent of Meridian Street 
Bridge, believing it was more than was called for. 
A motion to reduce it to $800, less than last year, 
was carried, when subsequently on the statement 
being made that the committee did not increase 



icovei the rate of last year, at $1000, was again 
fixed at that sum. 

Alderman Jenkins moved to fix the salary of 
Superintendent of PJast Boston Ferries at §2000, a 
reduction from last year of a salary of $2500. 

Alderman Gibson said he feared the Alderman 
did not understand the duties of that officer. It 
was a pretty important office, much more so than 
many which commanded $o000 salaries. The .su- 
perintendent was up at 5,!; o'clock in the njornriig 
and about until 7 o'clock at night, absent from his 
duties only at ineal time?, having charge of five 
boats, the gentleman now in charge had been in 
that position, with a short intermission, for fifteen 
years, ana was often on duty from 5>£ in the morn- 
ing to o'clock at night, and his pay was the 
smallest for the duties of any in the city. He was 
subject to the trials and perplexities of fog and ice 
ami other difficulties, and he (the Alderman) would 
not take the office for a good deal more money, if 
he were in search of employment. 

The motion to amend was lost, and the section 
was adopted, the salary being the same as last 
vear. 

Alderman Cutter moved to reduce the salary of 
.superintendent of the Lunatic Hospital to that of 
last year. 

Alderman Woolley said many of the members 
of the committee were in favor of making it 
larger, and this amount as fixed was nothing more 
than a just compensation. 

Alderman Plurner saidhe would vote for a larger 
sum than this. The Superintendent had been in 
the service of the city tor many years, was at the 
head of his profession, and bad a large family to 
take care of. 

Alderman Kicker opposed the motion, although 
he had voted in favor of retaining some of the 
salaries as they were. He knew the worth of Dr. 
Walker, and w'as only surprised at our being able 
to retain him at his present salary. 

The motion was lost, and the section, as report- 
ed, was adopted. 

Alderman Kicker moved to reconsider the re- 
fusal to increase the salary of the Superintendent 
of Fire Alarms, urging as a reason that it should 
be with the other departments at the same Jiving 
rate. 

The reconsideration was carried— 7 to 4— as fol- 
lows : 

Yeas— Kicker, Cutter, Plumer, White, Cowdin, 
Pierce, Woolley. 

Kays — Jenkins, Cowdin, Gibson, Pope. 

The question recurring on the motion to in- 
crease, as reported, Alderman Pope said there 
were some other heads of departments who had 
no more than $2500. 

The amendment was carried, and the section as 
reoorted was adopted. 

Alderman Cutter moved to reconsider the pro- 
vision providing the Superintendent with a horse. 

Alderman Woolley opposed the reconsideration 
— a horse being needed to get round in the dis- 
charge of his duties. 

Aldermau Cutter said he was opposed to heads 
of departments beiug furnished with horses and 
vehicles, for they were mainly used for pleasure 
purposes. 

Alderman Woolley said it was a matter of econ- 
omy to make such a provision, for to hire vehicles 
was much more expensive. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

Alderman Pierce moved to reconsider the vote 
reducing the salarv of the Superintendent of 
Streets to that of last year. The duties of that 
officer were arduous and laborious, and if any sal- 
ary should be increased, that should. It appeared 
that almost every one had a friend in some office, 
whose salarv should be increased] as an excep- 
tion, and if this officer was not entitled to an in- 
crease, he should be dismissed from his position, 
ana another man put in his place'. The office re- 
quired much fidelity and industry, and with an 
expenditure of $1,000,000. it was nothing more 
than fairness that such duties should require a 
larger salary. 

No gentleman in his own business amounting 
to $200,000 but what would pay more tha n this, and 
it was a small and niggardly policy to refuse an 
increase under these circumstances. 

The motion to reconsider was lost. 

Alderman Jenkins said he could say as much of 
the Superintendent of Public Buildings, and if 
Others were to be raised his should be. 

Alderman Gibson said there was the Superin- 
tendent of the Market who had but $2200, which 
should be $2500. That officer was up at 4 or 5 
o'clock and about until late at night. 



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Alderman Cutter moved an adjournment, there 
being do probability of completing the considera- 
tion of the Salary bill. 

Alderman Pierce hoped the motion would be 
withdrawn, as there were many papers on the 
table which should be put in. 

The motion was withdrawn. 

Alderman Cowdin moved to lay the Salary bill 
on the table. Lost. 

Alderman 1'lumer said he hid been disposed to 
do justice to the several officers, and had adhered 
to the report on the ground of true economy. 
With reference to the Superintendent of i'ublic 
Buildings, that gentleman had charge of property 
to the amount of §18,000,000 or §20.000,000; with a 
salary which was meagre for such responsibility. 
No man in business would act in such a manner. 
This was one fault in the American Government, 
in endeavoring to get along on the Utopian plan 
of small pay for services, and was the cause of 
much of the corruption in the government. 

It was true economy to put the right man in the 
right place, and pav him accordingly. He would 
increase all the salaries, and would ilo it as a tax- 
payer, on the score of economy, and take tne re- 
sponsibility. 

Alderman Cutter said some men talked much 
about taxes, but the amount paid by them was 
uot big. There is a large amount of personal 
property in bonds, which is covered up; the pro 
rata or taxes ill this city is larger than in any oth- 
er; the real estate is taxed at more than it is 
worth; and if we go on in this way, our capitalists 
will all leave us, going off every year. He thought 
it was time to take the back track in the reduction 
of expenses. 

A motion to reduce the salary of Superintendent 
of Hacks and Carriages from §4 a day to $3 50, as 
on last year, was lost. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, the salary of 
Street Commissioners were fixed at §3000 each. 

All of the other salaries as reported, were 
adopted, and the Salary bill, as amended, was 
passed. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Health, 
reported leave to build sta'oles as follows: Brock 
& Crane, a stable on Adims street. Ward 16; 
Charles Chipinan & Son, a brick stable on Canal 
street. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Cowdin, from theCommitteeon Steam 
Engines, reported in favor of petitions to use 
steam engines and boilers as follows: B. F. James, 
1842 Washington street; ft. W. Pratt, Nos. 114-120 
Merrimac street. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported leave to George E. Martin to 
transfer lease of stall No. 25 New Kaneuil Hall 
Market to Dudley H. Hadley & Co. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from theCommitteeon Police, 
to whom was referred the petition of Samuel B. 
Boss, to be compensated for personal injuries re- 
ceived while in the discharge of his duty, made a 
report , recommending that the petition be referred 
to the Committee on Claims 

Accepted, and referred accordingly. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
L. B. Lent, to exhibit a circus company in Last 
Boston, South Boston and city proper in .May 
next; F. C. Griffiths, to give an' entertainment at 
300 Washington street April 11; W. C. Pope, to 
give dramatic exhibitions at 300 Washington street 
April 18, 20; Win. H. Baldwin, to give concerts, 
etc., at Church of the Trinity the present year; 
Orlando Tompkins, for a license for the Olympic 
Theatre ; James Andrews, to exhibit a sea-serpent 
in the Merchants' Exchauge Building; R. L. Borl- 
and others, for a fair at the Boston Theatre. Also 
licenses to sundry persons, as victuallers and inn- 
holders, for wagon and hack stands ; to nineteen 
newsboys, two bootblacks and one pedler. Sever- 
aily accepted. 

Alderman White reported in favor of licenses 
to Burnham & Wilson and a renewal of license to 
Tilcston C. Bower, as auctioneers. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Commiitee on the 
Harbor, on the part of the Board of Aldermen, to 
whom was referred the petition of the Boston Bay 
Steamboat and Land Company, for leave to take 
gravel from Bass Point, Long' Island, made a re- 
port, recommending the passage of the following 
order : 

Ordered, That Thomas J.Dunbar and Peter Dun- 
bar, trustees of the Boston Bay Steamboat and 
Land Company be authorized to remove gravel 
from the southeast side ot Long Island, and east- 



erly from Bass Point, in such quantities and in 
such manner as the Harbor .Master shall direct. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Pierce, from the committee on 
Claims, reported leave to withdraw severally on 
the petition of George H. Gay to be compensated 
for personal injuries caused by an alleged defect 
in Columbus avenue ; of Grace Traill to be com- 
pensated for damages done to the chimney of her 
house No. 107 Athens street, by a fire-alarm wire ; 
of Tiinothj Crowley to be compensated for inju- 
ries received by his wife on account of an alleged 
defect in Sumner street; of Catharine A. Fair- 
child to be compensated for personal injuries 
caused by an alleged defect in Beacon street, 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman fierce, from the same committee 
reported reference to the. Committee on the Fire 
Department on the petition of J. Sidney Jones, a 
member of the lire Department, to be compen- 
sated for persona] injuries received at a lire in 
East Boston, \ccented. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Buildings, made a report 
that the roof and hose tower of Hose House .No. 
are very much out of repair, and that in their 
opinion a new roof is required. They would there- 
fore respectfully recommend the passage of the 
following order. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to build a French roof on Hose 
i. ouse No. G, at an estimated cost of §2000; to be 
charged to the appropriation for Public Build- 
ings. 
The order was passed. 

April 10, 1871. 
To the City Counci 1 : The Committee on Finance, 
to whom were referred the orders of the CityCoun- 
cil requesting the Committee on Finance to pro- 
vide a special appropriation to furnish accommo- 
dations in the I'ublic Library for the hooks and 
manuscripts given in trust by George Ticknor, and 
also for preparing and printing a catalogue of the 
same, would respectfully recommend the passage 
of the accompanying order for the said appropria- 
tion. For the Committee, 

VVm. Gaston. Chairman. 
Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts he and 
hereby is authorized to transfer from the Reserved 
Fund the sum of §3000, to be constituted a special 
appropriation and styled "Ticknor Bequest," to 
meet the requirements of the order of the City 
Council, approved April 4, 1871, in relation to the 
bequest of George Ticknor to the Public Library. 
The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Pope, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Public Lands, to whom was referred tht- 
petition of Win. R. Underwo«d for leave to con- 
struct bay windows and an open porch on house 
corner of Newton street and Harrison avenue, 
made a report as follows: 

That this city sold to Win. E. Underwood, on the 
21st November, 1870, a lot of land upon the corner 
of Harrison avenue and Newton street, one ot the 
conditions under which the sale was made read- 
ing as follows: "The building which may be erect- 
ed on said lot shall not be placed nearer the line 
of Newton street than six feet." As the building 
now being erected — the plan of which was shown 
to the committee — will be an ornament Co the 
city, and as no reason can possiblv exist why said 
request should not be granted, as said projections 
will be wholly upon his own land, they would 
tuerefore recommend the passage of the' accom- 
panying order: 

Ordered, That bis Honor the Mayor and the Su- 
perintendent of Public Lands be authorized to so 
modify the eighth condition set forth in an agree- 
ment given by the city to Wm. E. Underwood and 
dated November 21, 1870, for land on corner of 
Harrison avenue and Newton street, as will per- 
mit him to construct bay windows and an open 
porch on the building now being erected ; provided 
the former does not project to within three feet, or 
the latter to within two feet of the present line of 
Newton street. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

REPORT Olf C1TV PRINTINO. 

Alderman Talbot, from the Committee on Print- 
ing, who were instructed by an order of the City 
Council, approved March 21, to consider the ex- 
pediency of establishing a printing office exclu- 
sively for the city work, and also to procure esti- 
mates ot the cost of such an establishment, made 
a report as follows: 



APRIL 10 



1871 



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In accordance witn the request of the commit- 
tee, a, nuraher of tbe loading printing houses in 
the city have prepared estimates of the cost of es- 
tablishing: an office for the city printing, copies of 
which are submitted herewith. It appears from 
the estimates of those best qualified to form a cor- 
rect judgment in regard to the class and quality 
of work required by the city, that the cost of such 
an office would amount to about $60,000. 

The amouut paid to tbe present contractors for 
composition, printing, binding, paper and other 
stock, averages about .¥58,000 per annum. After 
careful consideration of the subject, the committee 
are satisfied that apart from the great expense at- 
tending the establishment of the office, there are 
objections to the proposition which render it. en- 
tirely impracticable. The bills for city work vary 
from $2000 to $8500 per month. At certain times 
a very large force is required to meet the requisi- 
tions of the city, taxing the utmost resources of a 
lirst-class establishment. At other times two or 
three men can pertorm all the city work. 

The committee are not aware of any method by 
which the work could be regulated to secure any- 
thing like uniformity. It is only when outside 
work can be called in at discretion, to cover the 
irregularities in the city work, that the latter can 
be performed economically. It is well known that 
as a rule, political corporations cannot success- 
fully compete in point of economy with private 
corporations or individuals in the management of 
any business. That the city would labor at a dis- 
advantage in attempting to manage a printing 
establishment, where the active efforts of politi- 
cians and trade unions would have to be contend- 
ed against, is too obvious to require commenthere. 

For these ieason?, the committee are of opinion 
that it would be inexpedient to establish a city 
printing office. 

The report was read and accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported leave to withdraw on the petition of 
Lane & Oakley for payment of damages caused by 
an insecure track on Merrimac street; inexpedient 
on petition of S. C. Cobb and others that the name 
of Milmont street be changed to Guild street, and 
no action necessary on remonstrance of F. W. 
Welch and otheis against the same. On the peti- 
tion of J. Conlan and others to be allowed to set 
trees in the sidewalk in Lawrence street, the com- 
mittee reported that the request be granted. Sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman Pope, from the Committee on Public 
Lands, reported leave to withdraw on petition of 
John Sbarland, tor leave to place bay windows in 
a house corner of Upton and Newland streets. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on Pub- 
lic Buildings, on the petition of John C. Loring 
and others, that Scollay's Building mav be re- 
moved in the night, made a report that the mate- 
rials had been sold to be removed in the night, 
and that therefore no further action is necessary. 
Accepted. 

TRUSTEES OF C1T\ HOSPITAL. 

Alderman Plumer, from the committee to nom- 
inate candidates at large for Trustees of the Citv 
Hospital, made a report nominating JohnT. Brad- 
lee and James Guild. 

Aldermen Cowdin and A. L. Noyes of the Coun- 
cil dissented from the nomination and recom- 
mended Thos. L. Jenks in place of James Guild. 

The Board proceeaed to an election with the fol- 
lowing result: 

Whole number of votes 11 

Necessary to a choice 6 

John T. Bradlee 7 

James Guild I 

Thos. L. Jenks 6 

A. K. Tilden 2 

Messrs. Bradlee and Guild were declared to be 
elected. 

DIRECTORS OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee to nom- 
inate candidates for Directc rs for Public Institu- 
tions, made a report recommending the election 
of Geo. W. Parmenter, Patrick Donahoe, Geo. E. 
Learn ard. 

The report was accepted, and the Board pro- 
ceeded to an election, the result of which was as 
follows: 

Whole number of votes 11 

Necessary to a choice 6 

George W. Parmenter 11 

GeorgeE . Learnard 7 

Oliver L. Shaw 6 

Patrick Donahoe 6 

Lyman A. Belknap 3 



A second ballot for the third member resulted 
as follows: 

Whole number of votes 11 

Necessarv to a choice 6 

UrverL. Shaw fi 

Tatrick Donahoe 5 

Messrs. Parmenter, Learnard and Shaw were 
declared to be elected. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That the address of the President of 
the Board of Trustees of tbe Public Library at the 
opening of the branch library in East Boston be 
printed as a city document. 

On motion of Alderman Cowdin, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to 
Company D, First Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M., 
the sum of $500, for repairs of armory in Williams 
Hall, corner of Washington and Dover streets; 
said sum to be charged to the appropriation for 
Armories. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to 
Company B, First Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M., 
the sum of $500, for repairs of armory in Williams 
Hall, corner of Washington and Dover streets ; 
said sum to be charged to the appropriation for 
Armories. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Board establish the revised 
grade of Dorchester avenue, between savin Hill 
avenue and Commercial street, as shown on a pro- 
file made by the City Surveyor, dated April 10, 
1871, and deposited in the office of said City Sur- 
veyor. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Ordered, That Committee on Public Buildings 
be authorized to prepare a niche in the Lyman 
Schoolhouse, for the leception of a marble bust of 
ex-Mayor Theodore Lyman, uresented to the city 
by Colonel Lyman ; the expense thereof to be 
charged to the appropriation for Schoolhouses, 
Public Buildings. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
detail two police officers; one to assist the Super- 
intendent of Pawnbrokers in the discharge of the 
duties of his office, and the other to assist the Su- 
perintendent of Wagons in the discharge of the 
duties of his office. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That an assessment of $9 07 on Win. 
A. Prescott be abated, and the same be assessed 
upon Samuel Emmes; also that an assessment of 
$7 60 be abated from Peter Cleary for a sewer in 
Court street. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Sewers, 
under the direction of the Committee on Sewers, 
be directed to furnish ihe necessary drainage for 
the Suffolk Street District; the expense for the 
same to be charged to the Suffolk Street Loan. 

Ordered, That there be allowed to Samuel P. 
Tuckerman, or his assigns, $15,678; for estates » os. 
85, 87 Suffolk street, in consideration of his or their 
giving to the city a title to the same and the usual 
acquittance and discharge of the city, on account 
of said taking; the same to be charged to the Suf- 
folk Street Loan. 

Alderman Pope also reported leave to withdraw 
on petition of Charlotte E. Baker to be repaid 
money paid by her upon land on Pembroke street. 
Accepted. 

ORDER RELATING TO QUARANTINE. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That, from the first day of June, 1871, 
until November 1, 1871, all vessels arriving in this 
harbor from the following ports shall stop at the 
Quarantine Station, viz.: all vessels from any 
port in Europe, in the Western, Madeira, Canary, 
or Cape de Verde Islands; in the Mediterranean 
or Straits thereof, from the west coast of Africa, 
or around the Cape of Good Hope; from the West 
India. Bahama or Bermuda Islands ; from any 
American ports south of the ('apes of Virginia, 
including Central and South America, where they 
may have touched or traded from any foreign poit 
or place above named. 

No vessel coming within the above-named con- 
ditions can leave quarantine, or discharge her 
cargo, or any part thereof, without the written 
permit of the Port Physician, who is hereby au- 
thorized and instructed to take any measures in 
regard to such vessels, and to make such rules 
and regulations for their government while in 
quarantine, as in his judgment the security of the 
health of the city may require. 

And, for the permit so granted, the Port Physi- 



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cian shall have the right to demand and receive 
from each vessel, her masters or owners, the fee 
which has been established by the Board of Health. 

Ordered, That the Harbor Master and the Chief 
of Police he and they are hereby directed to cause 
the provisions of the foregoing order to be strictly 
enforced. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Ordered, That the Pilot Commissioners be re- 
quested to instruct the several pilots to anchor at 
Quarantine Station all vessel* arriving at tins 
port, which, at the time of such arrival, have any 
sickness on board. 

An order was Kissed to abate nuisances on Pur- 
chase, Ellery, Pitts, Thatcher, North. Moon, Com- 



mercial, Worcester and Cambiidge streets. Harri- 
son avenue. Maiden street and court, Swan place 
and Old Harbor place. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, an order to 
quit was passed, requiring Bradford S. Partington 
and others to remove all obstructions on the line 
of widening of Warren street, on or before 20th 
of April. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

Orders were read once to pay heirs of Tasker H. 
Swett, $10,660 for land taken to widen Washington 
street, near Milk street: and to pay Samuel 
Mcintosh $246 50 for land taken and damages occa- 
sioned by the extension of Harrison avenue. 

Adjourned. 



COMMON COUNCIL 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

APRIL 13, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 7^ o'clock, Mat- 
thias Kich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDEBMEN. 

The quarterly report of the Port Physician and 
the Auditor's Monthly Exhibit were ordered to be 
placed on hie. 

The petitions of Calvin A. Richards ana others, 
and of K. C. Baker, r/are severally referred, in con- 
currence. 

The following: reports (leave to withdraw) were 
severally accepted, in concurrence: 

Of C. K. Baker, for the city to refund money 
paid iiv her for land on Pembroke street. 

Of John Suarland, for leave to construct hay- 
windows on his house, on Upton and Newland 
streets. 

Of C. A. t'airchild, to be paid for personal inju- 
ries received on Beacon street. 

Ol G. H. Gay, to be paid for injuries received on 
Columbus avenue. 

Of Timothy Crowley, to be paid for injuries re- 
ceived by his wife from a defect in Summer street. 

Of Grace Traill, to be paid for damages done to 
the chimney of her house on Athens street by a 
tire-alarm wire. 

Reports referring to the Committee on Fire De- 
partment tue petition of J. S. Jones to be paid for 
injuries received at a lire in East Boston, and to 
the Committee on Claims the petition of S. B. 
Boss to be paid lor injuries received while dis- 
charging his duty as a police officer, were accept- 
ed, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order authorizing the preparing of a niche in 
the English High Schoolhouse for a bust of 
ThomasSherwtn, late Principal of said school. 

Order for Superintendent of Sewers to provide 
the necessary drainage for the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict, the expense to be charged to the Suffolk 
Street Loan. [Amended to provide that it be done 
under the direction ot the Joint Special Commit- 
tee on Suffolk Street Territory.] 

Order for the preparation of a niche in the Ly- 
man schoolhouse loi a marble bust of ex-Mayor 
J,yman, presented to the city by Colonel Lyman. 

Report and order for the modification of condi- 
tions in an agreement given by the city to W. F. 
Underwood, for land at the corner of Harrison 
avenue and Newton street, so as to permit him to 
construct bay-windows and an open porch on the 
building now being; erected there. 

The following orders wore severally read twice 
and passed: 

Order for the payment of $15,678 to S. P. Tucker- 
man or his assigns, for estates 85 and 87 Suffolk 
street, on his or their giving to the city a deed of 
said estates, or a release or discharge for all dam- 
ages, costs and expenses on account of the taking 
said estates. 

Order for the printing of the address of the Pres- 
ident of the Board of Trustees of the Public Library, 
delivered at the opening of the branch library at 
Kast Boston. 

Order for the payment of $500 to Company B, 
First Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M.. for repairs of 
armory in Williams Hall. 

Order for the payment of $500 to Company D, 
First Battalion of Infantry, M. V. M., for repairs of 
armory in Williams Hall. 

Heport and order for a transfer of $3000 from the 
Reserved Fund, to be made a special appropria- 
tion, and luuied "licknor Bequest," tn meet the 
requirements of the order of the City Council in 
relation to said bequest; 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of the election of W. H. Ma-sou as 
Second Assistant Assessor in Ward 12, in place of 
Uilbert Wait, chosen by the Council, was read. 

Mr. Woods of Ward 12 said there had been an 
impression abroad, from what was said in the 
Council at the last meeting, that Mr. Mason was 
not a candidate. This was not tiue. for Mr. Mason 
wa^ ;hx1 is a candidate. 

Mr. Hersev of W'arcl 12 said the .statement was 



that, as far as the delegation of Ward 12 was con- 
cerned, the names of Mr. Holmes and Mr. Mason 
were both withdrawn. They thouerht it best that 
both of them should be dropped and a new man 
be taken up, and he hoped they would continue, to 
send the name of Mr. Wait to the upper branch. 

Mr. Woods said he was absent at the last meet- 
ing, and was surprised to learn, as he did from the 
reports, that Mr. Mason had withdrawn his name, 
but it proved to be not so. 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 said he understood there was 
a "little feeling among the delegation of Ward 12 
in relation to Mr. Mason. The statement which 
was made did not give Mr. Mason a fair chance, 
and led to the belief that he had withdrawn his 
name. He had never heard anything against Mr. 
Mason, and no gentleman had any occasion to find 
fault with him. 

Mr. Adams of Ward J 2 said the statement made 
by him was that the delegation had withdrawn 
both names. 

The Council proceeded to an election, and Messrs. 
Hersey of Ward 12. Hull of Ward 4, and Cunning- 
ham of Ward 2 were chosen a committee to re- 
ceive and count the votes. The committee re- 
ported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 55 

Necessarv to a choice 28 

Wm. H. Mason -tl 

Gilbert Wait 27 

George Holmes 1 

There was no choice, and the Chair called the 
attention of the Council to the fact that there ap- 
peared to be more votes cast than there were mem- 
bers present. 

A second ballot resulted as follows: 

Whole number of votes 53 

Necessary to a choice 27 

Gilbert Wait 27 

Wm. II. Mason 26 

Mr. Wait was again declared to be elected, in 
noucon-curreuce. 

The report nominating Trustees of the City Hos- 
pital, at large, and certificate of the election ot 
said Trustees; also, report nominating Directors, 
at large, for Public Institutions, and certificate of 
the election of said Directors, were read and the 
elections were laid over. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said he was requested by 
Oliver L. Shaw to withdraw his name as a candi- 
date for Director of fublic Institutions. 

The report (inexpedient) for the city to estab- 
lish a printing office was accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

PUBLIC PARK. 

The non-concurrence with the Common Council 
in their amended order concerning the Public 
Park bill, by inserting the request for the Mayor 
to withdraw the petition recently presented to the 
General Court, in relation to Public Parks, came 
up for consideration. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved that the Council 
recede from its former action, and concur with 
the other branch. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 moved to amend, so that 
the Council adhere to its former action. 

Mr. Smith oi Ward Id said he believed that this 
public park matter would be an enormous ex- 
pense to the city, and was uncalled tor; and he 
therefore hoped that the Council would adhere to 
its former vote. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said he hoped the motion 
to adhere would not prevail. The Council had 
committed i'-self against any public park by voting 
that the Mayor be requested to withdraw the peti- 
tion for a public uark from the Legislature. The 
other branch voted in favor of a particular bill, 
and the Council were asked to vote for it; but it 
was not necessary now to give an approval of that 
or any other particular project. The City Govern- 
ment in 1869 and in 1870 expressed an approval of 
some kind of public park, and at the election last 
year the vote of the people was largely in favor of 
a public park, and it was hardly the proper time 
now to say that we should not have one at all. He 
hoped the motion of the gentleman trom Ward 10 
would be voted down, and that the question then 
be taken on its merits. 

Che vote to adhere was carried, by a vote of 30 to 
21. 

APPROPRIATION BILL. 

The order relating to the specific appropriation 
for the financial year 1871-2, (printed City Docu- 
ment, No. 23, 1871,) was considered on certain 
amendments, viz.: 

At A. strike out $1024, for badges of Common 
Council. 



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CO \1 M <) X <3 O U NO L J, 



At B, Strike out $5000 and inseit$3000, for Con- 
tingent Bund ol Common Council. 

At II . Mi ike out »2000 and iDsert $1500, for May 
or's Contingent Fund. 

At I, strike oat $2000 and insert $1500, for Al- 
dertnen's Contingent Fund. 

At K and F, scrike out $13,024 and insert soooii. 
for Contingent Fund. 

Ate, .Strike out $ko,07<; and insert $1)1 ,000, for 
1 ncidcntals. 

Mr. smith of Ward 10 said lie hart no objection 
to taking the anieiidineni (or the Contingent Fui d 
ol the ( »mnion Council as it came from the Board 
ul Aldermen, :>. n tl was satisfied to have it go with 
.-•..OHO and the badges. The only way in wheh they 
could have their pay for the badges was in not 
sinking nut the appropriation for them. The Al- 
derman who moved to strike out the appropria- 
tion lor badges said he would not vote for the 
hadges, but he would vote lor the money with 
which to purchase them. He could see no differ- 
ence m principle in the act, and it was in effect 
saying take your $11000 and do what you like with 
it, ami purchase your badges, but we don't care, 
ami con't want to know, so long as we can have 
the credit of snubbing the Council. 

fins kind of way ol doing business he did not 
like, in increasing public expenditures by free 
lerric, and for public parks, while on the score 
ol economy objection was made to an expendi- 
ture ol $1024 foi badges. He hoped the Council 
would have manhood and dignity enough to stand 
by their vole, fhey had got their badges and 
shou hi pay for them. If they were to have them, 
it should be legitimately, and not like sneaking- 
round a corner, and by paying for them in an un- 
iN'iln.ndcd manuer. 

.Mr. hull of Ward 4 said he fully indorsed the 
views of the gentleman from Ward 10. Every 
gentleman was aware that this Contingent Fund 
was put in here for no other purpose than to cover 
up this action, ?nd it meant badges, and that 
alone. He was entirely opposed to the Contin- 
gent Fund, vvmch would be abused in years to 
come, so that instead of $3000 a year, in five years 
it would be increased to $'!0,000. It was merely to 
get over the badge question. If Aldermen did not 
see tit to allow $1024 lor the badges,then they did not 
want the Contingent Fund. He hoped the'Counoil 
would stand up ami vote this right down. It was 
not so much the matter of badges, hut the manner 
in which they were treated, like giving them a 
slap iu the (j,s_e. It was advertising those who 
had them, as having got them irregularly Many 
of them had got them, and for himself he meant 
to wear his. 

The motion to adhere to the appropriation for 
hadges was carried. 

The question recurred upon the other amend- 
ments. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 said he understood that 
economy was the dodge, but on looking at the 
Auditors report found that a large part of the 
dining and wining was done by the Board of Al- 
dermen. It did not appear to him that the Coun- 
cil should be cut down to the amount proposed, 
if the Aldermen could eat to the amount of $37,000, 
the Council ought at least to be able to eat to the 
amount of $0000. He was opposed to the cutting 
down of the appropriation for the Contingent Funu 
for the Council. 

Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8 said this matter had 
been slated not as he understood it. It was not 
understood by him as originating in hadges. 
There were several committees which have no 
appropriations upon which to draw for expendi- 
tures, and some of these committees have very 
laborious duties to perform. For their expendi- 
tures these funds have been provided. So far as 
related to the charges to the fund for Incidental 
Expenses last year, the a mount of $35,000 he under- 
stood came in from the previous year, and the 
expenditures were really thousands of dollars less 
than the preceding year. The entertainment of 
the Chinese Embassy and the Jubilee were ex- 
penses of the preceding year, som° of which went 
over. As a member of a committee last year 
which had a large amount of work that commit- 
tee had as few dinners and as little wine as any 
others. These funds he believed were provided 
to meet the expenses of such committees. 

Mr. Hull said he was a member of a committee 
which had not had dinners. He did not believe 
that any citizen would object to a dinner by a 
committee after they had been on duty several 
hours. This whole matter oi funds would never 
have been heard of. he believed, but for the cover- 
ing up of the paynioiit for badges, but lie objected 



to the creation of tae funds as a bad precedent, 
ami likely to be abused in the future. 

Mr. >o\"s of Ward 5 moved to adhere to the for- 
mer vote of the Council. 

Mr. .smith of Ward 10 said be was not disposed 
to be unreasonable, and he was not in favor of in- 
creasing the amount allowed by the Board of Al- 
deiuien. He believed that $2000 with the badges 
would be enough. 
Hie motion to adhere was Ii st. 
Mr. smith moved to make the Contingent Fund 
$1970. which wuh the payment for the badge-, 
wi iild be met by the amount a; r ed lo bv the 
other branch. 

Mr. Moulton of Ward 9 moved to strike out the 
entire appropriation for a Contingent Fund, not 
including what had been voteu as the pay for the 
badges. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 said it seemed to him that 
this was a most extra jrdiuaiy course to piusue: 
he thought it would be bettsr to concur with the 
Board of Aldermen. 

Mr. Moulton said it had been plain from the be- 
giiiLing that the creation of this lund was to cover 
up the purchase i f badges: he did not bt-lieve in 
getting badges in that way; he had a badge and 
meant to wear it. 

Mr. smith said the matter was settling mixed 
up. He believed the fund to be a good one, taken 
from the large fund for lucid totals, to which such 
charges were usually made, and he was opposed to 
striking it out. 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8 said the fund was created 
to meet expenditures of committees which had 
been illegally paid heretofore, in the view of the 
Mayor; that he understood to be the case, and 
that was the statement made in explanation by 
the Auditor to the Council. 

Air. Bobbins said the remarks just m ide were 
what were in his mind and he had designed to say. 
That was just why he was in favor of the appro- 
priation, that the Mayor desires such action lor 
legalizing the expenditures of committees. 

Mr. Winch of Ward 10 said the question of the 
fund would not have been here but for the badges. 
He preferred to vote directly for the payment of 
expenses of commitiees, and there was no need of 
a fund. Last week they voted to pay the expenses 
incurred by several committees, and he was in fa- 
vor of stiiliing out the whole appropriation. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 said he understood 
this matter of a fund had its origin with the 
Mayor, because he felt that he had no authority 
to approve of bills by committees for expenses for 
which no appropriations were made. As to the 
dining and wining, the simple question was how 
could we get along the cheapest. He telt that he 
did not fully understand the questiou ; he did not 
believe in covering up matters, and if they could 
not get along without this appropriation, he would 
let it stand. So far as dining was concerned, he 
nad got along so far very well without eating at 
the expense of the city, and he| believed that the 
committees who don't eat at the public expense 
do as much business as uiose who do. If he 
wanted any dinners he could pav for them hiui- 
i-eff. 

Air. Winch repeated that he should prefer to 
have the bills come in and pass upon them as they 
did last week. Ibis would be better than to be 
paid out of a fund, the public would know what 
expenditures were made, and the .Mayor weuld 
make noobiec ion to their approval alter the ac- 
tion of the City Council upon them. 

Mr. .Moulton said this lund would not pay for all 
the expenditures which would be required 

Mr. Dickinson said he had got what ho wanted 
to know, whether this would be enough to meet 
all the expenses of committees during the year. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 s liu he thought he was 
ill-nalured enough ; as long as the Council had got 
what they wanted, he could see no use for their 
lighting.' Thev had got their badges, and they 
should do the handsome thing and vote the fund. 
The question was taken on striking out the 
whole appropriation for a Contingent Fund, and 
was carried by a vote of 33 to J4, as follows: 

Yeas— Adams, Barker, Barnes, Bickford, Bradt, 
Brennan, Brown, Burt, Cunningham, Devine, Dy- 
lan, Flynn, Foye, Hull. Jacobs, Kingsbury, Locke, 
MeDevitt, Moulton, Mullane, Riles, Noyes, O'Con- 
nor, l'o'ic, I'rescott, KoteTts, Hobertson. Hobin- 
son, 1,'yan, Webster. West, \\ inch, Woods. 

Nays— Bickucll, Bonner, Brooks, Dickinson, 
Emery, Faxon, Flanders, ilersey, Kendall, bong, 
Patch, Pease', Perkins, Perry, Rich, Bobbins, ltowe, 
Salmon, J. Smith, YV. J. Smith, Squires. Stone. 
Vanncvar, Willis. 



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1871 



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Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved to reconsider tbe 
vote making tbe appropriation of $1024 for badges. 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 thought the course of the 
gentleman very strange. 

Mr. Smith said he thought they ought to be con- 
sistent and strike out all of it, so long as they had 
struck out the fund. They had had their way and 
should be perfectly satisfied to vote for the fund. 

Mr. Bn rr.es of Ward 1 opposed the motion and 
hoped i r would not prevail. They had voted their 
pay lor badges and should do as lliey pleased, 
without regard to the feelings of the other branch. 

.Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8 said the question had 
often been asked of what use the badges were, 
ami many persons had the impression that with 
them the member? obtained admission to all 
pUoes of amusement as deadheads. The chair- 
man ol the Committee on Licenses info; inert him 
that he dirt not ask and is not permitted to get 
admission to such places simplj with the badges. 
He « as n( t aware of but one place where the 
members went last year on tbe strength of these 
badges, and that is not in existence now, and they 
would not want to go to such a place many tunes. 
The custom of wearing badges has beeo growing 
up lor sixteen or seventeen years, and from a low 
figure the expense ha> risen to $1024 tor sixty-four 
members of the Council. 

With reference to tbe ser»ice performed, be had 
been informed on good authority that the police 
service by members of tbe Council, last year, had 
been equivalent to the salary of more than one 
man. On the Fourth of July, and on several other 
occasions, disturbances had been suppressed when 
no police officer was at hand, by members of the 
Council, weariug these badges. The members of 
the Council hao been appointed special police offi- 
cers without pay, but what have they to show for 
it, if not a badge? They have not a written cer- 
tificate, and there could be no objection to their 
wearing a badge. He did not make a parade of 
bis, had no desire to, and made no claim to cour- 
age, or that be could do much police service. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved that the subject be 
laid over one week. Lost. 

The motion to reconsider was lost, 15 to 40, as 
follows: 

Yeas— Barker, Bicknell. Dickinson, Long, Mul- 
lane, Patch, l'ease, Perkins, Prescott, Bobbins, 
Bobinson, W. J. Smith, Squires, Webster. Willis. 

.Nays— Adams, Barnes, Bickford, Bonner, Bren- 
nan, Brooks, Brown, Burt, Cunningham, Devine, 
Dolan, Emery, Faxon, Flanders, Flynn, Foye, 
Hersey, Hull, Jacobs, Kendall, Kingsbury, Locke, 
McDevitt, Moulton, Niles, Noyes. O'Connor, Perry, 
Pope, Roberts, Robertson, Rowe, Ryan, Salmon, 
J. Smith, Stone, Vannevar. West, Winch, Woods. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved to amend tbe ap- 
propriation for incidental Expenses, by making it 
$98,976, instead of $91,000. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said it was not expected 
that the expenditures would be so large as last 
year, and movea to reduce the amount to $50,000. 

Mr. .Noyes said his object was not to insrease 
tbe amount of the anpropriation, but to make it 
the same, $9000 having been taken from Inciden- 
tal Expenses for a Contingent Fund, and ail of this 
but the $1024 had been given up. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 referred to the appropria- 
tion for the Burrill claim as an extraordinary ex- 
penditure voted for Incidental Kxpenseslastyear. 

The Chair stated that as the tax bill had been 
passed levying the amounttobe raised, if tbissum 
was to be reduced it would require reconsidera- 
tion in both branches of the City Council. It could 
stand as it is, and if tbe whole amount is not need- 
ed it will remain as a part of the fund. 

The motion to make the amount $98,976 was car- 
ried. 

It was then voted to make the charge of $1024 a 
Contingent Fund. 

SALARY BILL. 

The Salary bill, with amendments, was taken 
up and read on'-e, when it was assigned for lur- 
ther consideration to next Thursday evening at 
8)2 o'clock. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The order that there be allowed and paid not 
exceeding $250 for repairs of Armory of Company 
E, First Regiment, M. V. M., was read a second 
time and passed. 

The report nominating Directors of East Boston 
Ferries, at large, was accepted. A request was 
made from J. Irving Cross not to . be considered a 
candidate for Director, on account of business 
engagements. 



The election was laid over. 

WATER BOARD. 

Tbe report nominating members of the Water 
Board, at large, was accepted, when the Council 
proceeded to an election. Mr. Vannevar of Ward 
8 withdrew the name of Albert S. Pratt as a candi- 
date. .Messrs. Noyes of Ward 5, Adams of Ward 
12, and Pease of Ward 1 were appointed a commit- 
tee to receive and count the votes. The committee 
reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 56 

Necessary to a choice 2S) 

Nathaniel J. Bradlee 50 

Charles H. Allen 35 

Newton Talbot 22 

Albert S.Pratt 2 

T. F. Temple, W. E. Bicknell, one each 2 

Messrs. Bradlee and Allen were declared to be 
elected, in concurrence. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

A request from the School Committee, that the 
City Government provide working tables and the 
other required fixtures for the laboratory of the 
Dorchester High School, was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Public Institutions. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1, presented the petitions 
of Char'es R. McLean, Washington Suelling, and 
78 others ; 

Mr. Adams of Ward 12, tbe petition of D. N. 
Pickering, Benj. James, and others; 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5, the petition of A. B. 
Wheeler and 44 others ; 

Mr. Moulton of Ward 9. the petitions of Henry 
W. Longfellow and others, Jos. Nickerson, Silas 
Pierce, and 42 others; 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1, the petitions of Henry 
Jones & Co., and 77 others; John McFarland and 
36 others; 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8, the petition of John 
P. Simpson and 41 others; 

Mr. Bonner of Ward 2, the petition of Charles 
E.Wiggin, George T.Adams and 102 others, chiefly 
business firms on Hanover stieet; 

Mr. Jacobs of Ward 3, the petition of C. C. Cham 
berlain and 47 others ; 

Mr. Mullane of Ward 13, the petition of Hill & 
Wright and 55 others ; 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13, the petition of Robert 
Wright' and 53 others: 

Mr. smith of Ward 1, the petitions of Mark Goo- 
gius and 59 others, John M. Jenks and 20 others, 
E. E. Fletcher and 51 others; 

Mr. Burt of Ward 16, the petition of Andrew 
Sumner and 49 otheis; 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, the petitions of Henry 
Mayo and others, and Justin Rideout and 41 
others : 

Mr. Pease of Ward 1, the petitions of Hanson, 
Peterson & Co. and 72 others, J. W. Storer and 29 
others, Patrick Doiiahoe and 36 others, H. "W. 
Chaney and 73 others, Robert E. Jackson and 38 
others ; 

Mr. Kingsbury of Ward 15, tbe petition of Wright 
& Whitcomb and 49 others; 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, the petition of D. H. 
Blaneyand others; 

Mr. Brown of Ward 2, the petition of D. Scott 
and 76 others; 

Severally that the East Boston ferries may be 
made free. 

Referred to the special committee on the subject 
of free ferries. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Perry of Ward 15, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be directed to report an estimate of the cost 
of a suitable house for Hose Co. No. 7, on land 
lately purchased on Treniont street. 

On motion of Mr. Brown of Ward 2. 

Ordersd, That tbe Chairman of the Committee 
on S'reets be directed to report to the City Coun- 
cil tbe names of all non-resident tax-payers 
at present employed by said committee, with the 
amount of their respective salaries. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Mr. Squires of Ward 8, 
Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Ad- 
dison J. Seawaid, for estate No. 115 Castle, street, 
the sum of $3600, upon bis giving to the city a deed 
of said estate or a release and discharge satisfac- 
tory to the City Solicitor; for all damages, costs 
and expenses in consequence of the taking of said 
estate; said sum to he charged to the appropria- 
tion for Suffolk Street District. 

Ordered, That thore be allowed and paid to Ella 
M. Learnard and IV. ary L. Learnard, or their guar- 



ioe> 



COMMON COUNCIL. 



dian, the sum of 69000, for estate No. 22 Chapman 
street, and S4800 for estate No. 82 Kmerald street, 
also the amount of the taxes assessed on said 
estates for the year 1870, in consideration of 
(riving a deed and the usual releases and dis- 
charges to the city from all damages, costs and 
expenses on account of the taking of said estates; 
s;iid sums to be charged to the appropriation for 
Suffolk street District. 

Ordered, That there he allowed and paid to Den- 
nis Flanagan, for estate No. 49 .Suffolk street. .1j!3264, 
in consideration of his giving a deed and the usual 
release and discharge to the city; for all damages, 
costs and expenses in consequence of the taking 
i f said est \> ; said sum to he charged to the ap- 
propriation for Suffolk Street District. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Mi- 
chael Crowley, for estate No. 51 Suffolk street, 
$3266 25, in consideration of his giving a deed and 
the usual release and discharge to the city for all 
dam iges, costs and expenses in consequence of 
the '•aking of said estate; said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation for Suffolk Street District. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
street District be authorized to convey to Mary A. 
Smith the estate No. 79 Kmerald street, for the 
sum of #4500, subject to such conditions and re- 
striciiiins as they may deem expedient, the deed 



to be approved and executed, on behalf of the 
city, by His Honor the Mayor. 

Ordered, That the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District be authorized to contract with 
Chamberlain & Marstoi , the lowest bidders, for 
repairing and retttting buildings Nos. 20, 28, 35 
and 70 Suffolk street, according to specifications, 
for a sum not exceeding $3638; said sum to be 
charged to the appropriation for Suffolk Street 
District. 
< in motion of Mr. Brooks of Ward 1, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Common and 
Public Grounds be authorized to purchase the fol- 
lowing parcels of land adjoining Orchard park, 
so called, in Ward 13, lor tlie purpose of eulargmg 
said park, namely : a lot of land owned by David 
Mcl.aran, containing 4300 square feet, more or 
less, for a sum not exceeding §7525; a lot of land 
owned by Willietta M. Campbell, containing 4000 
square feet, more or less, fcr a sum not exceeding 
.$4500; a lot of land owned by Sarah J. Wheeler, 
containing 1725 square feet, more or less, for a sum 
not exceeding $5000; a lot of land owned by Mary 
Ann Schmitders, containing 4500 square feet, more 
or less, for a sum not exceeding S4500— said sums 
to be charged to the appropriation for Common 
and Pi.blic Grounds. 
Adjourned. 



BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



107 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 17, 1871. 



Tbc rppular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon at 4 o'clock, 
Alderman Jenkins, the Chairman, presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Special Police Officers, without pay— Levi D 
Hey wood, for Scollay's Building; Robert bianwell, 
for Eighth street, between D and E streets; Na- 
than J. Cottle, for Boston whart; Henry A. .Da- 
vis, for Havinarket square. 

Constables— Win. U. Matthews, Gideon B. Bias- 
land, C. A. Hackett. 

Weigher of Coal— A. W. Burnham. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Stephen M.Allen, that the names of Bragdou 
street and Notre Dame street maybe given to 
certain streets cut through his land on Shawmut 
avenue. 

Ivory Harmon and others, that Fernn and Wav- 
erley streets lie graded aud put in order. 

D. H. Storer and others, that Boylston street, 
letween Berkeley and Clarendon streets, be graded 
and put in order. 

Hamilton Huddick, for leave to lay down a por- 
tiou of his asphalt pavement in this city. 

Barnes & Buck and others, for the repaving of 
Kingston street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Paving. 

M. J. Putnev, for leave to build a brick stable 
for eight horses, on Dedham street. 

Asa Mitchell for leave to construct a stable for 
twenty horses, at the old Glass Works, on First 
street. 

W. S. Burnham, for leave to build a stable for 
one horse, on Clifton street, Ward 16. 

Wm. 0. Johnston, Jr., for leave to build a stable 
for one horse, at 211 Princeton street. 

Richard Carroll, for leave to build a stable on 
Morni Court. 

Chas. N. Dean, for leave to build a stable for teu 
or more horses, on Parkman, North Grove aud 
Fruit streets. 

Thomas P. Frost and others, for leave to build a 
brick stable on Chandler street, near Tremont 
street, for one hundred and thirty horses. 

J. F. Forbush, for leave to construct a stable for 
two horses, on Clifford street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

A. McLaren* Co. and others, that the London 
street sewer be continued to Marion street. 

Patrick Dean aud others, for a sewer in O street 
from Fourth street to the water. 

Leonard Ware and others, for a sewer in Blue 
Hill avenue from Moreland to Dennis street. 

George Hargrave and others, for a sewer on Ben- 
nington street, between Marion and Brooks 
streets. 

T. D. Mulray, for a sewer in Hampshire street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers. 

Richard Leeds, respecting the purpose of "re- 
served lot" of land on Rutland street west of 
Columbus avenue. Referred to Committee on Pub- 
lic Lands. 

George F. Emery and S. G. Rogers, for removal 
of trees from Lambert avenue, Highlands. Re- 
ferred to the Committee on Common, on the part 
of this Board. 

Jonathan Amory, respecting his improved meth- 
od of ventilating public buildings. Referred to 
the Committee on Public Buildings. 

T. F. Hagerty, to be paid for estates taken on 
Castle and Middlesex streets. Referred to the 
Joint Special Committee on Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict. 

George H. Johnston and others, for the use of 
l-aneuil Hall May 10, 1871, for reception of the 
Grand Army of the Repuulic. Referred to the 
Committee on Faueuil Hall. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Report, aud order to construct a French roof on 
house of Hose Co. No. 6, at an estimated cost of 
$2000. 

Order to repave State street, between Devon- 
shire street and Congress square, with small 
stones, at an estimated cost of $1500. 



Order to pay Samuel Mcintosh $246 50, for land 
taken in the name of Martha A. Mcintosh, for the 
extension of Harnton avenue; to be charged to 
the Harrison Avenue Extension Loan. 

Order to pay heirs of Tasker H.Swett $ 10,060, 
for land taken and damages by the widening of 
Washington street, near Milk street. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The report nominating Directors at Large of the 
East Boston Ferries was accepted, in concurrence, 
and the communication of J. Irving Cross, de- 
clining to be a candidate for Director, was read. 

The order for chairman of Committee on Streets 
to report names and salaries of non-resident tax- 
payers employed by said committees was consid- 
ered. 

Alderman White opposed the order as requiring 
the members of the committee to give the names 
and salaries of the clerks or porters who are em- 
ployed by them. 

The Chair stated that he was not aware that the 
committee employed any persons, as stated in the 
order. 

Alderman Little moved an indefinite postpone- 
ment of the order, which was carried. 

The order for Committee on Public Buildings to 
report the cost of erecting a hose-house for No. 7 
was concurred in. 

The communication from the School Committee 
requesting certain fixtures for tbe Dorchester 
High School, was referred to Committee on Public 
Instruction, in concurrence. 

The following order was considered: 

Order relating to the specific appropriation for 
the financial year 1871-2 (printed City Document 
No. 23, 1871). with amendments, viz.: 

Insert 11024 for badges of Common Council. 

Strike out all items for Contingent Fund. 

Increase Incidentals from $91,000 to $98,976. 

Alderman Pierce, moved to non-concur in the 
amendments of the Council, and to adhere to the 
amendments made by the Board at its last meet- 
ing. Carried. 

SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The election of the Second Assistant Assessor 
for Ward 12 was taken up, the Council having 
elected Gilbert Wait in non-concurrence. The 
Board proceeded to an election, with the following 
result: 

Whole number of votes II 

Necessary to a choice 6 

William II. Mason 9 

Gilbert Wait 1 

George Holmes I 

Mr. Mason was again declared to be elected, in 
non-concurrence. 

DECLINATION OF AN ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

A communication was received from George B. 
Faunce, declining his election as a First Assistant 
Assessor, circumstances having occurred since 
his election leaking it impossible for him to dis- 
charge the duties of the office. Referred to Com- 
mittee on Assessors' Department. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Plumer, from the Committee on 
Fixe Department, to whom was referred the re- 
monstrance of John A. Fynes and others, mem- 
bers of Engine Co. No. 4. against the appointment 
of J. C. K. Humphrey as a member of saia com- 
pany, made a report that having heard the remon- 
strants and carefully considered the subject, they 
respectfully recommend that the remonstrants 
have leave to withdraw. 

The reoort was accepted, and the appointment 
of J. C. 1£. Humphrey was confirmed. 

Alderman Cutter, from the Committee on Fau- 
euil Hall, reported in favor of the use of Faneuil 
Hall, April 19, for the reception of the Sixth Regi- 
ment; and to J. II. Gray and others. April 20, for 
a public meeting for a commemoration of the pas- 
sage of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitu- 
tion of the United States. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor of Che erection of stables, as fol- 
lows : W. E. Woodward, for a stable for six horses 
on Harrison avenue, near the Montgomery House; 
Cummings & Carlisle, for a stable for five or ten 
horses on Maiden street, near Albany street; and 
leave to withdraw on petition of Robert McCue 
for leave to erect a wooden stable for six horses 
on Tudor street, near Sixth street. Severally ac- 
cepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Licen- 
ses, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: To 
John J. Delea, to give a dramatic exhibition at In- 
stitute Hall, April 19; Boston Wesleyan Associa- 
tion, for leave to give concerts, lectures, etc., at 



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Wesioyan Hall, in April, May an 1 Juno; ( harles 
II. Bacon, for leave to give a gymnastic exhibition 
at Eliot Hall; James M . Web li, to give concerts at 
Music Mall, April 1!), 20, 22; also, to sundry per- 
sons as victuallers and lnnnolders; also, wagon 
licenses, billiard licenses, transfer of a wagon li- 
cense, dealer in second-hand articles, and licenses 
to eighteen newsboys, two bootblacks and two 
pedlers. Sevcrallv accepted. 

Alderman Oowdin, I'm - the Committee on Steam 
Engines! niadc a report on petition of John <;. Day 
for permission to put up a steam engine and boiler 
coiner of Hampden street and I'erry court, recom- 
mending the passage of the accompanying order: 

Ordered, That a license be granted to John G. 
Day to locate and use a steam engine and boiler in 
the basement of a building on the corner of Hamp- 
den street and Terry court; provided that the chim- 
ney used in connection therewith shall be at least 
seventy-rive feet m height from the foundation, 
and that the usual precautions shall be taken to 
prevent the spread of tire. 

The report was accepted and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Joint .Standing 
Committee on lnre Alarms-, to whom was relet red 
the petition of J. H.Chadwick, Horatio Harris 
and others, that a fire-alaim tell be placed on 
Lewis Schuolhouse in the Hoxbury District, made 
a leport that after a thorough investigation of 
the subject they are of the unanimous opinion 
that a tire- alarm bell is much needed in that local- 
ity, and that the prayer of the petitioners ought to 
be granted. They therefore recommend the pas- 
sage of the accompanying older: 

Ordered, That the superintendent of Fire 
Alarms, under the direction of the committee on 
that department, be authorized to erect a bell- 
tower on Lewis Schoolhouse, Hoxbury, at an ex- 
pense not exceeding §1200; the same to be charged 
to the appropriation for Public Buildings. 

The report was accepted, and the order was read 
once and laid over. 

SCHOOL ACCOMMODATIONS AT EAST BOSTON. 

Alderman Kicker, from the Committee on Tuhlie 
Instruction, to whom was referred the request of 
the School Committee for the erection of a new 
primary schoolhouse in the Prescott District, East 
Boston, having carefully considered the subject, 
made a report as follows: 

It appears from the statements made to the com- 
mittee, that the whole number of seats in the 
grammar schoolhouses in Warel 1, is 3136. The 
whole number of pupils belonging to the grammar 
schools March 27, was 2425. and the average attend- 
ance for the six months previous, 2044. The aver- 
age whole number of pupils belonging to the 
primary schools is 1589. The average attendance 
is 1452. The whole number of seats in the primary 
schools, not including those furnished in the 
grammar school buildings, is 1482— 107 less than 
the whole number of pupils, but thirty more than 
the average attendance. 

There are 448 seats in the grammar schools oc- 
cupied by primary scholars— namely, 224 in the 
Adams District, and 224 in the Prescott District. 
Taking the whole number of seats in all the 
schools in Ward 1, there is an excess of <504 over 
the whole number of pupils belonging to the 
schools. 

It has been suggested that the want of accom- 
modations in the primary department of the Pres- 
cott District could be met by redisricting Ward 
1, instead of erecting a new building; but in the 
opinion of the Superintendent of Schools, and the 
members of the School Committee from this sec- 
tion, no satisfactory arrangement could be made 
by wnich the unoccupied seats in the grammar 
schools could be made available for the primary 
scholars in the l'rescott District. 

The amount paid in rents for outside buildings 
in this district is WOO. While the accommodations 
are not equal to those furnished in the new city 
buildings, they are said to be comfortable and not 
such as to make out a case of real necessity for 
something better, at least for the present. 

In view of the alleged tendency to extravagance 
m furnishing school accommodations, the com- 
mittee are of opinion that it will be inexpedient to 
comply with the request of the School Committee 
by erecting a new building in theJPrescott District 
at this tinie. 

Read and accepted. 

TRUSTEES OF THE l'l'HLlf LIBRARY. 

Alderman Little, from the Joint Special Com- 
mittee to nominate Trustees of the Public Libra- 



ry, at large, made a repoit nominating George 
Putnam and Weston Lewis for ie.' : lection. There- 
port was accepted, and the Board proceeded to an 
election, with the following rc-nlt: 

Whole number of votes li 

Necessary to a choice 1/ 

George Putnam n 

Winslow Lewis (j 

Weston Lewis :> 

Messrs. Putnam anc. Winslow Lewis were de- 
clared to be elected. 

onni-;ii.s passed. 
On motion of Alderman White, 
( irdcred.'Ihat the am tioneer's license granted on 
February 0, 1871, to Arlington, Drowne & Co.. at 
148 Hanover street, in tin- city, be and the same i- 
hereby revoked, for cause. 

Ordered, Unit there be paid to Edwin C. Bailey 
the sum of $61, for laud taken and all damages oc- 
casioned bv the widening of Warren street, ny a 
resolve of April li), 1870, upon his givii g a deed of 
the same, and the usual acquittance and dis- 
charge oi rhe city from all damages, cost-, and ex- 
penses in consequence of said taking; the same to 
be charged to the appropriation lor Laying Out 
and Widening Streets. 
On motion of Alderm.'n Kicker, 
Ordered, That the Joint Special Committee to 
nominate candidates tor Directors of East Boston 
Ferries be authorized to present another name in 
place of J. Irving Cross, declined. 
On motion of Alderman Pierce, 
Ordered, That there be paid to the South Boston 
Iron Company $11,705, in full compensation for 
2341 squares of earth and gravel deposited on 
Eighth and O streets, (Jity Point, in grading said 
streets, as per certificate of the City Surveyor, 
according to agreement made with the Committee 
on Paving, Aug. 13, 1869 ; said sum to be charged 
to the appropriation lor Paving. 

Alderman Pierce, in asking for the passage of 
the order at this time, said it was desirable to 
bring its payment into rhe present financial 
year's appropriations; otherwise he should allow 
such orders to lie over, after their first reading, 
that they may be examined and inquired into, if 
necessary. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Simon White 
$1500, in full compensation for alldamages caused 
to his estate, .No. 65 Clarendon street, by the rais- 
ing of the grade of said street; the same to be 
charged to the appropriation for Paving. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Jeire Hibbard 
$2000, in full compensation for all damages caused 
to his estate, No. 666 Dorchester avenue, by the 
raising of the grade of said avenue; the same to be 
charged to the appropriation for Paving. 

Ordered, Ihat there, be paid to Elizabeth If. 
Mills $475, in full compensation tor all damages 
caused to her estate, Nos. 652 and 654 Dorchester 
avenue, by the raising of the grade of said avenue ; 
the same to be chaiged to the appropriation for 
Paving 

ordered, That there be.paid to Samuel J. Lowell 
$325, in lull compensation for all damages caused 
to his estate, No. 656 Dorchester avenue, by the 
raising of the grade of said avenue ; the same to be 
charged to the appropriation for Paving. 
On motion of Alderman Pope, 
Ordered, That the sum 01 $32 74, assessed on 
Charles E. Jenkins for a sewer in Chandler street, 
be abated and assessed upon Susan S. Lorir.g. 

On motion of Alderman Little, an order was 
passed for abatement of nuisances on L'tica, Al- 
bany, rear of Albanv, and Pitts streets, and iu 
Crescent and Standish places. 

HACK FARES IN WARD SIXTEEtK. 

Alderman White submitted the following order, 
which was read once and laiel over: 

Ordered, That on and after the 1st of May, 1871, 
and until otherwise ordered, the prices or rates ol 
fare t) be taken by or paid to the owner, driver 
or other persons having charge of any hackney- 
carriage, (except omnibuses,) for the conveyance 
of passengers or baggage within the limits de- 
scribed, shall be as follows: 

For one actult passenger from one place to 
another, within the limits of Ward 16, (Dorches- 
ter,) the fare shall be one dollar; and for each ad- 
ditional adult passenger the fare shall be fifty 
cents: provided, however, that between the hours 
of 11 o'clock P. M.. and 5 o'clock A. M., the faro 
shall be one dollar and fifty cents for one passen- 
ger, seventy-five cents each for two passengers, 
and for each additional passenger more than two, 
fifty cents. 



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For one adult passenger from any point in Ward 
16, north of Centre street, to any point in tbe eity 
proper south of summer street and Beacon street, 
the tare shall l>e three dollars; for two passengers, 
one dollar and fifty cents each; for three passen- 
gers, one dollar each; for four passengers, seven- 
ty-five cents each. 

For one adult passenger from any point in Ward 
16, north of Centre street, to any point iu the city 
proper norih of Summer street and Beacon street, 
the fare shall lie iom dolUrs; for two passengers, 
two dollars each; tor three passengers, one dollar 
ami thirtv-tliree cents each ; for four passengers, 
one dollar each. 

For one adult passenger from any point in Ward 
Hi. south of Centre street, to any point iu the city- 
proper south of Summer street and Beacon street, 
the fare shall be live dollars; for two passengers, 
two dollars and fifty cents each; for three passen- 
gers, one dollar and sixty-six cents each; for four 
passengers, one dollar and twenty-live cents each. 

For one adult passenger from any point in Ward 
16 south of Centre street to any point in the city 
proper north of Summer street and Beacon street 
the tare shall be six dollars; for two passengers, 
three- dollars each ; for three passengers, two dol- 
lars each; for four passengers, one dollar and 
fifty cents each. 

For children under four years of age, with an 
adult, no chaise shall be made. For children be- 
tween four and twelve years of age, when accom- 
panied I'.v an adult, the fare shall be half tbe rate 
lor adults. 

N mx.nge stall be made for one or two trunks: 
but for each ad. itional trunk more than two, fifty 
cencs maybe ch. rged. 

.mi owner, drive., or other person having charge 
ol a hackney carriage shall demand or receive any 
more than the price o. rate of fare herein estab- 
lished, under a penalty of not less than ten nor 
more thau fifty dollar? for each offence; and he 
shall forfeit his license. And for refusing to carry 
any passenger from any lailroad station or steam- 
boat landing to any poii t within the city named 
mi this order, the owiip" driver, or other person 
having charge of such hackney carriage shall be 

gpl Jo,.r try o Y-U-o ..rn-il 

This section shall be kept posted in some con- 
spicuous place in every licensed vehicle used for 
the conveyance of passengers, under a penalty of 
five dollars for e ch and every day the regulation 
is not observed. 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

On petition of McNeil Brothers, for leave to erect 
a steam planing and wood-moulding mill on Ded- 
ham street, between Harrison avenue and Albany 
street. Hearing, Monday, May 8, 4 P. M. 

On the proposed construction of a common sew- 
er in Blue Hill aven .e, between Moreland and 
Stjffcrd streets, hearing Monday next, April 24, 
4 1 J . M. 

On the proposed construction of a sewer in L 
street, betweeu Second and Third streets. Hear- 
ing Monday, April 24, 4 P. M. 

ORDERS HEAD ONCE. 

On motion of Alderman White, 

Order to pay John Foster 16710, for land taKen to 
widen Broad street; to be charged to the Fort Hill 
Improvement Loan. 

Order to pay Joseph Comer, trustee, $73,827, for 
land taken and carnages occasioned by the laying 
out of Sturgis street; to be charged to the Fort 
Hill Improvement Loan. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Wm. 
Varnnm, for estate No. 32 Emerald street, the sum 
of $5000, in consideration ot his giving to the city 
a deed for said estate, and a release and discharge 
satisfactory to the City Solicitor, for all damages, 
costs and expenses in consequence of tbe taking 
of said estate ; said sum to be charged to the ap- 
propriation for Suffolk Stieet District. 

ORDER RELATING TO NON-RESIDENT TAX-PAYERS. 

On motion of Alderman Kicker, the following or- 
der was taken from the table: 

Ordered, That the City Clerk be requested to pro- 
cure and report to the City Council the names of 
all nonresident tax-payers, at present employed, 
or who have oeen employed during the past year 
by the several departments of the City Govern- 
ment, including public schools. 

Alderman Pluiner moved its indefinite postpone- 
ment. 

Alderman Cowdin said it appeared to him that 
this was something worthy of consideration, al- 
though it did not originate with him. The city 



employed a large numberof men, and it seemed to 
him that those who earned their money from the 
city treasury should help to pay its taxes. There 
are those who come here and earn a living and go 
off into neighboring towns and cities where the 
rate ef taxation is much smaller, instead of pay- 
ing their taxes here and making this the model 
city of the country. 

As a general principle, the requirement to live 
in the city and pay their taxes here should apnly to 
all office-holders. The members of the Board of 
Aldermen are all required to be residents of the 
city and the members of the Common Council to 
be residents of the ward which thev represent. 
Why should not those who receive salaries from 
the city be required to reside here, or not be em- 
ployed by the city ? This city pays the largest sal- 
aries for school teachers of any city in the coun- 
try, yet he did nor doubt there were schools as 
good elsewhere, without the payment of such sal- 
aries. He did not know that he should take any 
action in this matter after ascertaining tbe facts, 
yet the question was, should we know who are 
employed by the city and do not reside here? 

When business men hired men to do their work, 
they liked to have them near them, and so it was 
with the city in the employment of teachers It 
was not desirable that they should receive large 
salaries and live as far off as in Dedham, West 
Koxbury and Newton. There would be no difficul- 
ty in finding pleuty to do the work, and they 
should come back and help pay the taxes. There- 
fore he was in favor of providing that the employes 
of the city should live here. 

Alderman Little said that when the subject was 
up before, it was as to where the employe's of the 
city bought their groceries, and now it appeared 
to be a matter of dollars and cents in the payment 
of taxes. He did not believe that the small 
amount of taxes paid by school teachers who may 
reside out of the city, would be appreciable to any 
extent in the taxes of the places where they re- 
side. They should be allowed to go and reside 
where they can do so most comfortably, and by 
living in the country they would be better pre- 
pared for their work, and come to it with more 
freshness and ability to discharge it. He failed to 
see any good reason for the passage of the order. 
If it should pass, some of tbe committees will 
have quite as much as they can do. 

Alderman Pluiner said the inquiry was not nec- 
essary, and he objected to the passage of the order 
as inquisitorial in its character. Where the em- 
ployes of the city reside, does not and should not 
concern them. Many of these employes receive 
barely enough to keep body and soul together, 
and if by living in the country, they can eke out 
their living, and lay up sometuing, he should bid 
them God-speed. The city should get the best 
talent for the pay, and allow the persons to live 
where they best can. If anything could be done 
to reach the class of rich men who make their fort- 
unes here, and run off into the country to escape 
taxation, it would be worth while, but this he re- 
garded as too small game. 

Alderman Kicker referred to the requirement 
that certain officers of the city should reside 
here, and while he did not know that he should 
carry that any further, he could see no objection 
to ascertaining how much we are paying to those 
who reside out of the city. There are some school 
teachers who live out of the city, pay taxes and 
hold office where tbey reside, aad "educate their 
children at our public schools. There are some 
persons who receive large salaries from the city, 
yet it is found difficult for the assessors to locate 
them. It may prove on investigation that all is 
right, yet there was no reason why we should not 
know how much we pay to those who are not 
taxed here. 

Alderman Cowdin, in reply to Alderman Pluiner, 
said it the Alderman's views were correct, let the 
city charter be changed, so that Aldermen may 
live in Dedham or elsewhere; extend the freedom 
to all city officers and let them live anywhere. If 
tbe principle was right, that the masters of the 
schools should live ouc of town, he did not see 
why it was not applicable to all members of the 
City Government. He would not go so far as to 
say that they should not live out of the city, but 
he would like to see how it looked on ascertaining 
the facts. The inquiry would do no barm, and he 
was willing to take his share of the obloquy in 
making it. 

Aldermen Plumerdiil not view the cases as 
parallel, as stated by the Alderman. The members 
of the Board of Aldermen hold elective offices for 
the government of the city different from that of 



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persons receiving salaries from the employes 
of the city. The time might come when it 
would become necessary that the city should 
be governed by persons outside, through 
boards, as in New Yoik. From all that he could 
gather, school teachers did not often become rich 
from their salaries. It had happened to him to 
have done much Tor the support of a teacher worn 
out in the service of the city, and in contributing 
as much as he felt able to make up an annuity 
for the support of another. 

Alderman Little, in reply to remarks of Alder- 
man Cowdin, said the Legislature had in a meas- 
ure met his suggestion in bringing into the city 
those who had resided out of it, and it might be- 
come necessary at some time to annex all the 
neighboring towns, when many of these persons 
receiving salaries would be brought back to pay 
their taxes here. 

Alderman Cowdin said he was willing to admit 
that some of the best taient of the Board had been 
secured by annexation ; tut some ot them who had 
lived here forty years wished those who made their 
money here to help pay the taxes ot the city. 
While there might be no objection to the masters 
residing; out of the city, there could be no harm in 
such action as would not leave them in the nark. 



Alderman Kicker said he wished to correct an 
error in relation to this order. The order orig- 
inally had reference to other persons, and schoul 
teachers were incidentally brought in. If any 
persons should be exempt, it should be school 
teachers. They have more leisure, and he did not 
doubt it would'be better for them to reside in the 
country, and better for their schools. But there 
were many clerks who receive good salaries from 
the city, and there was no reason why they should 
not live here :ind pay taxes in the city. 

Alderman Cutter said he saw no objection to 
getting information on the subject. These carpet- 
baggers, who make their residences in New Hamp- 
shire or on the seashore, and yet get their support 
from the city, should be required to pay taxes 
here. The Legislature is not liberal towards Bos- 
ton, requiring the city to pay more than its share 
of taxes, and the larger portion of the support of 
bridges, and tnere could be no harm in ascertain- 
ing who receives salaries from the city without 
the payment of taxes. 

The motion for indefinite postponement was lost, 
and the order was passed. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council 

APRIL 20, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held this evening, at 1% o'clock, 
Matthias Rich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THB BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of liichard Leeds and of T. F. 
Hrgertv and the memorial of Jonathan Amory 
were severally referred, in concurrence. 

The reference to Committee on Assessors' De- 
partment of a letter of resignation from George 
B. Faunce of the office of First Assistant Assessor, 
was concurred in. 

The report and order that a Fiench roof he built 
on Hose House No. 6, at an estimated cost of two 
thousand dollars, was read once. 

The report of the committee on Public Instruc- 
tion, that in view of the alleged tendency to ex- 
travagance in furnishing school accommodations, 
it would tie inexpedient to comply with the request 
of the School Committee lor The erection of a new 
primary schooihouse in the Prescott District, was 
accepted, m concurrence. 

The order authorizing the Committee on the 
nomination of Directors oi East Boston Ferries, 
to present another name in place of that of J. Irv- 
ing Cross, declined, was passed, in concuirence. 

The report nominating Trustees at large, of the 
Public Library, and the certificate of election, 
were read, when the election was laid over. 

ELECTION OF A SECOND ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The certificate of the election of Wm. H. Mason 
as a Second Assistant Assessor in Ward 12, in 
place of Gilbert Wait, chosen by the Council, was 
read. Messrs. Ayer of Ward 14, McDevitt of Ward 
7, and Salmon of Ward 3 were chosen a committee 
to receive and count the votes, reporting as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a choice 30 

William U. Mason 40 

Gilbert Wait 17 

William Gorman 1 

Mr. Mason was declared to be elected, in con- 
currence. 

DIFFERENCES OF THE TWO BRANCHES ON THE 
APPROPRIATION BILL. 

The non-concurrence of the Board of Aldermen 
iu the amendments of the Common Council, of 
April 13, to the order relatingto the specific appro- 
priations for the financial year 1871-2 (City Doc. 
23, 1871) and adherence of said Board to its votes 
of April 10, current, came up for action. 

Mr. Moulton of Ward 9 moved that the Council 
recede from its amendments, and concur in the 
amendments made by the Board of Aldermen on 
the 10th inst., with additional amendments, to 
make the Contingent Fund for the Council $4000, 
and the total fund $10,000, instead of $9000; also to 
make the fund for Incidentals $90,000 instead of 
191,000, to correspond with the proposed increase 
of Contingent Fund. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 said he hoped the gentle- 
man would give some good reason for his action, 
or that the motion would not prevail. 

Mr. Moulton said he proposed, if this motion 
passed, to get what would amount to the same 
thing to the Council, for, instead of giving up 
their rights, they would get them in some other 
way. 

Mr. Flynn said the gentleman had given no good 
reason for his motion, and unless he did he hoped 
the Council would adhere to its vote. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 inquired what effect would 
result from receding, and whether any other mo- 
tion than to concur would he in order. 

The Chair stated that if the Council should re- 
cede, the amendment of the Board of Aldermen 
would be before the Council for amendment or 
concurrence. 

The question was taken on the motion to recede, 
which was carried, by a vote of 30 to 13. 

The question then recurred upon the motion of 
Mr. Moulton to concur with the amendments pro- 
posed by him, as stated above. 

The Chair stated the position of the question 
6hould the amendment prevail, that the Contin- 



gent Fund tor committees would be $3000,5 those 
lor the Mayor and Board of Aldermen $1500 each, 
and of the Common Council $4000; making a total 
of $10,000. 

Mr. Flynn said this appeared to be a nice order 
on the face of it, still it was a peculiar way of 
backing down from the ground which the Council 
had agreed to. They had agreed to vote for the 
pajment of $1024 for badges, and now gentlemen 
who have been the strenuous advocates for badges 
wish to have it thrown back on the Board of Alder- 
men, and sti'ft the responsibility from themselves. 
The Council had v^ced to stand by the payment of 
these badges, and if i hey are men, they should 
vote as men. Some of them have the badges, and 
some of them wear them, and they should stand 
by the vote until the last day of December, before 
yielding. 

He did not believe they should take the back 
track to please the Hoard of Aldermen. The ap- 
propriation was just, and they had asked the Board 
to concur with, them in its passage. They reply 
'•No,' : and without discussion moved to adhere to 
their former vote. He hoped the Council would 
adhere to its former vote, and as men they should 
stand by thtir appropriation. 

.Mr. Robinson of ward 11 moved to strike out the 
whole Contingent Fund. 

The Chair suggested that the motion to concur 
might be voted down, and then a motion could be 
made to strike out the entire appropriation for a 
Contingent Fund. 

Mr. Flynn Inquired what this effect of striking 
out the appropriation would have on the badges. 

The Chair stated that it would take the appro- 
priation for badges with it, as a part of the Con- 
tingent Fund. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 inquired what the ques- 
tion was, which was stated by the Chair. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 inquired what the 
position of the question would be should the pend- 
ing motion be lost. 

The Chair replied that it would still be on the 
amendment of the Board. 

.Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 said the Common Council 
had bv a large majority adhered to the appropria- 
tion for badges, and if it was justified in pro- 
curing the badges, they should be paid for in an 
honorable manner, in the same manner in which 
other bills are paid. Gentlemen are disposed to 
take the back track, because it is desirable to have 
the Appropriation bill passed before the 1st May, 
and the opponents of the badges are willing to 
give a guarantee that the payment of them shall 
be made and covered up. If' necessary, he desired 
that the Council should insist on their amend- 
ment, so that the other branch should see the ne- 
cessity of concurrence, and that the Appropriation 
bill should pass. 

The Chair stated that gentlemeu could have the 
pleasure of voting for the badges under the con- 
currence with the Board of Aldermen, because 
they could not have the Day for them, without vot- 
ing for them, out of the Contingent Fund. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 said he had made no pledges 
to adhere to an appropriation for badges; practi- 
cally it made no difference which course was 
adopted, whether the badges were included in the 
appropriation or not, so long as the city paid for 
them. 

Mr. Dickinson, in reference to the suggestion 
about passing the Appropriation bill before the 
1st of May, said it war very important, for without 
its passage not a single workman for the city 
could be paid. In view of the supposed adherence 
of the Council, he came prepared to move for the 
appointment of a committee of conference so that 
the difference could be treated in a dignified man- 
ner, without wrangling. As it stands, he thought 
they might as well yield, and although it did not 
suit his views, he was willing to vote for the con- 
currence. 

The question being; stated again, Mr. Robinson 
said he had not withdrawn his amendment to 
strike out the whole Contingent Fund. 

Mr. Flynn inquired whether it would be iu order 
to move a reconsideration of the vote to recede, 
and then to move to adhere? If so, he would 
make such a motion. 

Mr. Moulton raised the question whether the 
gentleman voted in the affirmative, and could 
move a reconsideration. 

The Chair stated that the amendment was not in 
order, the question being on the motion of the 
gentleman from Ward 11. 

Mr. Flynn moved to lay the amendment on the 
table. 

The Chair stated that it would take the whole 



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subject with it, and Liu: amendment was with- 
draw n. 

The (hair on f) rfher consideration ruled the 
amendment of Mr. Robinson out of order. 

.Mr. Lames inquired whether an ainendment 
could lie moved to the amendment. 

Ihe Chair slated that it could unless it destroyed 
the force of the present amendment. If it was not 
desired to pass the motion to concur, with amend- 
ments, it could be voted down with the amend- 
ment. 

On motion of Mr. Ryan of Ward 13, the main 
question was ordered, and the motion to concur 
was lost. 

.Mr. Dickinson moved the appointment of a com- 
mittee of conlcrencc. 

Mr. Klynn raised the question whether it was 
not necessary to adhere to the ainendment of the 
Council tiefore a committee of conference was ap- 
pointed. 

The Chair stated that it was, and the motion was 
withdrawn. 

Air. Noyesof Ward 5 moved to reconsider the 
vote by which the Council voted to recede from 
its amendments. 

Mr. itvan wished to know whether the subject 
could not be laid on ihe table and a committee of 
conference be appointed. 

The Chair stated that there was no other way in 
the appointment of a committee of conference 
but by reconsideration. 

Ihe motion to reconsider was carried. 

Mr. Noyes moved further thattheCouncil adhere 
to its amendments, which was carried. 

Mr. Dickinson moved that a committee of three 
be appointed as a committee of conlerence. 

Mr. Brooks of Waru 1 moved to make the num- 
ber live. 

Mr. Bradt of Ward 14 moved to add the Presi- 
dent of the Council to the committee. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he had no particular 
objection to a. committee of conference. If they 
were determined to back down, it would be just as 
well to do it now; if right, then vote to adhere, 
and there would be no necessity for a committee 
of conleience. 

Mr. Dickinson said this was a small matter, but 
it created a great disturbance, and each branch 
had now made it a point of honor as to who should 
recede. He had no doubt that should a committee 
of conference come together and talk the matter 
over fairlv and freely, it would be satisfactorily ar- 
ranged. Each branch had acted without Knowing 
the argument and reasons of the other, but the 
committee could well understand each other. 
Personally he had no interest in the matter, and 
thought it of small consequence, but in consider- 
ing it he believed a small committee would do 
better than a large one. If such a person as the 
gentleman from Ward 10 should be on the com- 
mittee, he did not believe the interests of the 
Council would suffer. 

Mr. Brooks withdrew his amendment. 

Mr. Barker of Ward G said this matter was so 
important that it might be well to join the whole 
Council on the committee. 

The motion to appoint a committee of three as a 
committee of conference, was carried. 

Messrs. Dickinson of Ward 11, Flynn of Ward 7, 
and Hull of Ward 4 were appointed the commit- 

tt?6» 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed: 

Order authorizing the preparing of a niche in the 
hnglish High schoolhouse for a bust of Thomas 
sherwin, late Principal of said school. 

Order for the Superintendent of Sewers to pro- 
vide the necessaiv drainage for the Suffolk Street 
District, the expense to be charged to the Suffolk 
Streel Loan 

Order for the preparation of a niche in theLyman 
Schoolhouse lor a marDle bust of ex-Mayor Ly- 
man presented to the city by Col. Lyman. 

Keport and order for the modification of condi- 
tions m an agreement given by the ci»y to W. E. 
I nderwood, for land at corner of Harrison avenue 
and Upton street, so as to permit him to construct 
bay-windows and an open porchon abmlding now 
being erected there. 

Order authorizing the purchase of sundry par- 
cels <d Land for the purpose of enlarging Orchard 
nark in Ward 13, at a price not exceeding twenty- 
one I h on sand live Hundred and twenty-live dollars. 

Order to allow $3600 for estate No. 1 15 Castle 
vlreet, taken from Addison.). Seaward. 

Drdei to allow $9000, and $4S0u and cei tain taxes 



for estates 22 < Liapman streel and 8* Emerald 

street, taken from Mia M. and Mary L. Learnard. 

order to allow .«:{.",i»o for estate 1 I -uil'oik Btreet, 
taken from Dcnni- I'l innagan. [Amendi 

Order to allow $3600 for estate 51 Buffjlb street, 
taken from Michael Crowley. lAinended.l 

order to authorize the Committee on the SnffblK 
Street District to convey to .Maty A. Stnttb the 
estate numbered 79 Emerald street' for $4500, sub- 
ject to such conditions as the committee may 
deem expedient. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
Chamberlin & Marston, the lowest bidders, for 
repairing buildings 2n, 28, 35 and 70 Suffolk street, 
for not exceeding' $:x:fK. 

trustees of city hospital. 
The report nominating Trustees of City Hospital, 
at large, was accepted," in concurrence, ami the 
Council proceeded to an election, .oessrs. Patch 
of Ward 11, Dolan of Ward ly, and Long of Ward 
8 were chosen a committee to receive and count 
the votes, the result of which was as follows: 

Whole numberol' votes 60 

Necessary to a choice .11 

John T. Braulee 4S 

James Uuild 41 

Thos. L. Jenks 23 

A. K. Tilden 8 

Messrs. Bradlce and Guild were declared to be 
elected, in concurrence. 

DIRECTORS OF PUBLIC HTSTITCTIOXS. 

The report nominating Directors at Large for 
Public Institutions was accepted, in concurrence, 
and the certificate of election was read, when the 
Council proceeded to an election. 

.Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 called attention to the 
withdrawal of Oliver L. Shaw as a candidate, 
whicn was mentioned at the last meeting of the 
Council. 

.Messrs. Flanders of Ward 5, Pond of Ward 3. and 
Willis of Ward 9 were appointed a committee to 
receive and count the votes, and reported as fol- 
lows: 

Whole number of votes 62 

Necessary to a choice 32 

George W. Parmenter 39 

Patrick Donahoe 40 

Lyman A. Belknap 39 

George E. Learnard 31 

W. A. Rust 6 

Messrs. Parmenter, Donahoe and Belknap were 
declared to be elected, the first only in concur- 
rence. 

SALARY BILL. 

The Salary bill was taken up, by assignment, 
and considered by sections. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 inquired what amend- 
ments had been made by the Board of Aldermen, 
and asked that such changes from last year should 
be indicated. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 moved that the Council 
concur with the Board iu the amendment to the 
salary of tne Auditor. 

Mr. Pope of Ward 10 hoped the Council would 
not concur, for the Salary bill had been twice in 
the hands of the commitree, who considered each 
item separately, and were unanimous in adopting 
the report. 

Mr. Smith said it was an ungracious task to ob- 
ject to an increase of salaries, but he could not see 
any reason why there should be an increase, al- 
though he admitted the value of the services of 
the Auditor He bad understood that members e I" 
the committee had gone round to officers begging 
them to take an addition to their salaries. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7, as a member of the com- 
mittee, denied that there had been any such course 
resorted to; the increase of salaries which was re- 
ported was from the best judgment of the com- 
mittee that they were required. 

Mr. Vannevar stated that it would be found that 
many of the officers asked for an increase of sal- 
aries*. 

Mr. Dickinson said he wished the chairman of 
the committee would explain why the salaries of 
a po''tion of the public officers were raised and 
not others. 

.Mr. Vannevar replied that the committee were 
of opinion that the salaries were too small, and 
thev raised ail of the principal ones. 

Mr. Dickinson wished to know in what cases 
they were changed, as they came from the Board 
of Aldermen. 

The Chair stated that the increase was based on 
the salaries oi last year, and these as proposed 



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are indicated in tlie report. Such changes as 
were made by the Board would oe stated as the 
sections were read. 

Mr. Ayerof Ward 14 said he had been lo oking 
over the list, and as the Treasurer received a sala- 
ry of $5000, there was no reason why the Auditor 
and City Clerk, being of the same class of offices, 
should not receive the same amount. It was emi- 
nently proper that an increase should be made. 
The services of the Auditor were valuable, and he 
should pursue the same course in reg.ud to 
a public officer who was faithful as he should in 
his private business. 

Mr. Smith said he understood the difference to 
be this, that the Treasurer was obliged to give 
bonds in a large amount, and that most pe jple 
would consider this au equivalent to .$500. 

The motion to concur was lost — 15 to 35. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 11 moved to concur with the 
Board of Aldermen in the salary of the City Clerk, 
ou which the yeas and nays were ordered. The 
motion to make the salary $4500 instead of $5000, 
unreported hy the committee, was lost, by a vote 
of 29 tu 33, as follows : 

Yeas — Adams, Bicknell, Brennan, Brooks, 
Brown, Clatur, Cunningham, Dickinson, Emory, 
Faxon, Flanders, Hersey, Hull, Jacobs, Kendall, 
Locke, O'Brien, Batch, Pease, Perry, Prescott, 
Kobertson, Robinson, W..J. Smith, Squires. Stone, 
Webster, Willis, Woods. 

Nays — Ayer, Barker, Barnes, Bonner, Bradt, Burt, 
Devi'ne, Dolan, Flynn, Foye, ^ragg, Kingsbury, 
Long, McDevitt, Moulton, Mullane', Niles, Noyes, 
O'Connor, Perkins, Pond, Pope, Bobbins, Koberts, 
Bowe, Byan, Salmon, Sayward, J. Smith, Taylor, 
Yannevar, West, Winch. 

Mr. Ayer of t\ aid 14 moved to non-concur with 
the Board of Aldermen in the salary of the Clerk 
of the Common Council. The motion was car- 
ried. 

Mr. Koboms of Ward 11 moved to increase the 
salary of the Assistant Clerk of the Common 
Council to $1000. Carried— 26 to 22. 

Che amendment to the salary of the City En- 
gineer was non-concurred in. 

Mr. Hersey of Ward 12 moved to non-concur m 
the salary of the City Surveyor, stating that the 
duties of his office hail been largely increased, and 
the office was of the highest importance, as the 
Surveyor was required to make the surveys for 
the various departments, and was engaged in 
making new plans of streets in Boxbury and Dor- 
chester. The motion was carried. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved to reduce the salary 
of the City Solicitor to $45C0. 

Mr. Locke of Ward 12 moved to make the salary 
$4000. 

Mr. Yannevar of Ward 8 stated that this salary 
had not been increased, but was the same as it had 
been for several years. 

Mr. Brooks said it did not follow that the salary 
should be continued if the office had been overpaid 
ten or twelve years. 

Mr. Perkins" of Ward 6 objected to this method 
of dealing with public officers. If the Citv Solici- 
tor was unfit tor the office, they should not elect 
him. The salary of $5000 was small enough for 
such an office, and it would be an insult to leduce 
it. 

The motions to reduce were severally rejected. 

The Council non-concurred in the amendment to 
the salary of the Ci y Registrar. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved to non-concur in the 
amendment to the salary of the W ater Registrar, 
stating that the business of the office had largely 
increased. Carried. 

On motion of Mr. Flynn, the reduction in the re- 
ported salary of the Harbor Haster was non-con- 
curred in, Mr. Flynn stating thai the business 
would be greatly increased from the sale of the 
police boat and the loss of police services. 

Mr. smith of Ward 10 inquired what the duties 
of the Port Physician were, the salary being but 
$600, and moved its increase to $1000, which was 
lost. 

The Chair, in answer to an maiiiry, stated, in re- 
lation to the Assistant Port Physician, that his 
services were only required for additional labor, 
which accounted for his salary being by the 
month. 

The salaries of the Superintendents of Fire 
Alarms, Sewers, Streets, and Public Buildings, 
were severally fixed as reported, the Council non- 
concur) ing in the amendments made ny the Board 
of Aldermen. 

Mr. smith said as the hour was late, and as there 
was a determination to paSb the bill as reported. 



he thought that they might concur in its passage 
as a whole. 

A motion bv Mr. Robinson of Ward 11 to in- 
crease the salary of Superintendent of Faneuil Ha'l 
Market was lost, as was also a motion to increase 
the salary of the Deputy Superintendent. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 moved to strike out the in- 
crease of salary of the Superintendent of Lamps, 
believing that bv the adoption of an improved 
mode of lighting" by electricity the labor of that 
department would be lessened. The motion was 
lost. 

The amendment to Hie salary of the Chief of 
Police was non-concurred in. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved to amend section 7 
of the police order, relating to patrolmen, to pro- 
vide that for extra duties they shall be paid at 
the saute per diem ratas. 

A motion to increase the pay of truant officers 
was lost. 

On a reconsideration, the salaries of Superin- 
tendent and Deputy Superintendent of Faneuil 
Hall Market were fixed at $2500 and $1500. 

Jthe Council non-concurred in the amendment to 
the salary of the Chief Engineer of the Fire De- 
partment. 

On motion of Mr. Brown of Ward 2, the salaries 
of foremen of hook and ladder and engine and 
hose companies were increased $25, aud of assist- 
ant roremen $25, the amounts being respectively 
$325 and $300. 

A motion to increase the salaries of firemen was 
lost. 

The amendment to salaries of Street Commis- 
sioners was non-concuired in, by a vote of 10 to 21 . 

A motion to jeconsider and increase the salaty 
of the Assistant Superintendent of Health was 
lost. 

The Salary bill, as amended, in non-concurrence 
with the Board of Aldermen, was passed. 

The salaries, as adopted, were mainly as reported 
by the committee, the Board of Aldermen having 
in most cases reduced them to the rates of last 
vear, on which the Council have non-concurred. 
The mcrease has been as follows: Auditor, City 
Clerk, City Registrar, Water Registrar, Superin- 
tendents of Fire Alarms, Sewers, Health aud 
Lamps, $500 each ; Clerk of Committees, Super- 
intendents of Streets and of Public Buildings, 
City Engineer, City Surveyor, Chief oi Police, 
Chief Engineer of Fire Department, Superin- 
tendent of Faneuil Hall Market, $300 each; 
Clerk of Common Council, Assistant City Mes- 
senger, Assistant Clerk of Council, and As- 
sistant Clerk of Committees, City Engineer, 
City Surveyor, Deputv Superintendent of Faneuil 
Hail Market, Superintendents of Mount Washing- 
ton, federal and Dover street Bridges, $200 each; 
Superintendent of Lunatic Hospital $400; Street 
Commissioners, $1000 each ; Assistant-Engineers ot 
Fire Department, $100 each ; salaries oi foremen 
of Hook and Ladder and Engine and Hose Com- 
panies, aud assistant-foremen, clerks, rakemen 
and hosemeu, except in Ward 16. $25 each; Su- 
perintendents ot hacks, trucks, wagons, pawn- 
brokers and intelligence offices, fifty cents each 
per dav. 

The concurrence of the two branches on the in- 
crease of salaries was on the salaries of the Clerk 
of Committees, Superintendents of Health. Lamps, 
Lunatic Hospital, the Superintendents of bridges 
above-named, superintendents of Hacks, Wagons, 
Pawnbrokers, etc., Assistant Clerk of Committees 
and Assistant Engineers of the Fire Department. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11, presented the remon- 
strance of E. R. Mudge & Co. and 40 other bus- 
iness firms ; 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6, the remonstrance ot 
James M. Beebe and others, representing $9,000,- 
000 of property ; 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11, the remonstrances of 
John B. Alley & Co. and 59 other business funis 
on High street; and of Jacob Sleeper and 41 
others; 

Mr. Bickncli &f Ward 4, the remonstrances of 
J. P. Barnard and others and Dexter Brothers ami 
44 others; 

Mr. Niles of Ward 6, the remonstrance ot 
Charles F. Adams and 52 others; 

Mr. Robinson of Ward 11, the remonstrances of 
James E. Edmunds, (ieorge M. Barnard and oth- 
crs * 

Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8, the remonstrance or (). 
T. Taylor and others; 

Mr.' Robertson of Ward 4, the remonstrance ol 



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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Sayward of Ward 16, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on Public Buildings, who were directed 
to report the est'mared cost of erecting a suitable 
house lur Hose Company No. 7, on the land re- 
cently purchased on Tremont street, made a re- 
port that after carefully considering the subject 
and consulting- with the Committee on hire De- 
partment, they are of the opinion that a building 
suitable for the purpose required can be erecteo 
for a sum not exceeding $20,000. They therefore 
recommend Lbe passage of the following orders : 

( irdered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to erect an engine and bose 
house on Tremont street, noar Cabot street, on the 
land purchased of S. E. Brown, at an expense not 
exceeding $'20,000. 

Ordered, That the Auditor of Accounts he au- 
thorized to transfer from the appropriation for 
Paving th^ sum of $20,000, to be constituted a 
special appropriation for the erection of an engine 
and hose house on Tremont street, Ward 15. 

The report was accepted and the orders were 
read once. 

Air. Perkins of Ward 6, from the Committee of 
th" Common Council on Police, to whom was re- 
ferred the petition ot Dennis S. Daley, to be paid 
as a member of the Police Department during ab- 
sence from duty on accouut of sickness, made a 
report recommending that the petition be referred 
to the Committee on Claims. Accepted. 

The following order was read once: 

On motion of Mr. Squires of VVard 8, 



Gardner Brewer and others, representing $20,003,- 
ooo ot property ; 

Mr. ( latur of Wara 4, the remonstrances of 
Alexander Wadswortb and others; 

Mr. Webster <>l Ward G, the remonstrance of 
Frederick .Junes & Co. and 83 other business firms 
on Pearl street, and of Win. B. Spooner and others 
hi Congress street; 

Mr. Kowe, the remonstrance oi Wm. Fosdick 
and others. 

severally against making the East Boston ferries 
free. 

Mr. Flynn of VVard 7 presented the petitions of 
A. J. Chase and others : 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1. the petitions of Andrew 
Sawtell and 47 others; 

Mr. Smith of Ward 1. the petitions of Samuel 
Mills and others, of Win. Somers and others, and 
of M.clrtcl Ambrose and others; 

Mr. Mouiton ol Ward 0, the petition of L. A. 
Hall and 39 others ; 

Mr. liyau of Ward 13, the petition of J. EL Flitnei 
and 14 others; 

Mr. Finery of Ward 10, the petition of John P. 
Squues and others: 

Mr. Bonner of VVard 2, the petition of Geo. W. 
Parmenter and others ; 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1, the petition of John Cum- 
rnings and G5 others ; 

Severally that the East Boston Ferries may be 
made free. 

The petitions and remonstrances were referred 
to the Special Committee on East Boston Perries. 



Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to Rob- 
ert I- Da\. trustee, the sum ol f'2606 for estate No. 
11 Middlesex street, upon bis giving to tin city a 
deed Of said estate, or a release and dischare.' 
isfaotory to the City Solicitor, for all dam 
eo-ts and exoennes in consequence of the taking 
of said estate ; said sum to be charged to the a p- 
propriation for Suffolk Street District. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Sayward of Ward 16, 

Ordereu, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to supply the necessary furni- 
ture lor and cause to be made sucb repairs and 
cleaning as may be needed in the City Hall, p< - 
lice station housi s, engine houses and other 
public buildings; the expense therefor to he 
charged to the Appropriation for Public Build- 
ings 

On motion of Mr. Xoyes of Ward 5. 

Ordered, That the Cochituate \Vatcr Board be 
authorized to submit their annual report in print, 
and that the expense connected therewith be 
charged to the appropriation for Printing. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings he requested to consider and report whether 
the skylight on the City Hall may not be opened 
so as to give a better ventilation to the Council 
Chamber, and also to the whole building. 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be requested to consider and report upon tbe 
expediency of putting an elevator in the City 
Hall. 

On motion of Mr. Lmery of Ward 10. 

Ordered, That the Trustees of the City Hospital 
be authorized to report in print, and tliat the ex- 
pense be charged to tbe appropriation for Print- 
ing. 

SALE OF DISEASED MEAT. 

On motion of Mr. Locke of Ward 12, 

VV bereas, At a recent investigation before a 
coroner's jury, in the town of Brighton, it appeared 
in evidence that a portion of a diseased animal 
was sold at Faneuil Hall Markets in this city;»and 
whereas said market is owned and controlled by 
the city of Boston ; it is therefore hereby 

Ordered, That a committee consisting of three 
on the part of this branch, with such as the Beard 
of Aldermen may join, be appointed, with author- 
ity to make a careful and thorough examination 
for tbe purpose of ascertaining the facts in rela- 
tion to the sale of the meat of a diseased animal in 
the city market, as stated before tbe coroner's 
jury ; also to ascertain whether unwholesome 
meats are sold in Faneuil Hall Market, or other 
markets in the city, and to what extent ; also 
whether any additional legislation or action on 
tbe part of the City Council or city officers is need- 
ed to prevent such offences against the public 
health; said committee shall have authority to 
send for persons and papers, and shall report the 
result of their investigations to tbe City Council 
in print. 

Messrs. Locke of Ward 12, Mouiton of Ward 9 
and Dickinson of Ward 11 were appointed the 
committee. Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 24, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting; of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at four o'clock, 
.Mayor Gaston presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS HADE AJS T I) CONFIRMED. 

Weigher of Coal — Charles E. Whittredge. 

Constable— Caleb B. Watts. 

Special Police Ofliceis, without pay — VVni. Har- 
ris, lor Ncponset Church; George H. Moore, for 
Dorchester avenue; George Dodge, at Four < or- 
ners and vicinity; Richard K. Vaughn, for Bird 
street .station and vicinity; Joseph B. Gibson and 
Harry l*. Hersey, for Faneuil Hall Market; Joseph 
I*, Pipe, Lorenzo Bitter bush, for Boston & Low- 
ell Railroad; Charles K. Plummer, for Morgan 
Chapel. 

.Members of Fire Department— Conrad L. Rose- 
mere, as Foreman of Hose of Engine Company 
No. 13; Henry A. Wilson, Engine Com .any No. 
7; George W. Hood, for Engine Company No. 13; 
Kufus L. .Mason, for Engine Company No. 16; 
Geo. A.Kennison, for Hook and Ladder Company 
No. 3. 

The following appointments were referred to 
the Committee on Police: 

Jonathan W.Baker, as Lieutenant of Police. 

CurtisTrask, Sergeant of Police, for Station Five. 

Thomas Weir and J.J. .McNamara, as Sergeants 
of Police. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND BEFEERED. 

Hosea B. Kice, for additional compensation for 
land taken on Kingston street. 

W. E. Woodward, withdrawing his offer to ex- 
change land to straighten Howard avenue. 

Heirs of Solomon Piper, for abatement of assess- 
ment of their Federal street betterment. 

Severally referred co the Committee on Streets. 

Theresa Levi, for additional compensation tor 
damages to her house, No. 63 Fayette street. 

Referred to Committee on Church Street Dis- 
trict. 

Twenty-eighth Congregational Society, W. M. 
Baker anil others, and H. J. Burton and others, 
against the proposed erection of a. stable for 130 
horses by Frost & Co. on Chandler street. 

C. A. Smith, for leave to erect a wooden stable 
for two horses on North avenue. 

Thomas J. Whidden, for leave to enlarge the club 
stable at 99-101 Dedham street. 

Leander H. Jones, for leave to erect a stable for 
tilteen horses on Colony street, near Sixth street. 

Cresley & Noyes, for leave to build a stable for 
rive horses on Plvmpton street. 

E. R. Cheney, for leave to erect a wooden stable 
for two horses on Fourth street, near G street. 

Chas. H. Leach, for leave to erect a wooden sta- 
ble for two horses on Buttonwood street, Ward 16. 

Win. H. Haigh, for leave to build a stable at 
corner of Vernon and Hampshire streets. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

AlonzoWarren, to be paid for damages caused by 
change of grade in Dorchester avenue 

Low, Hersey & Co. and others, that High street 
be paved with granite blocks, near Federal street. 

.Martin Hayes and others, that Berkeley street 
be paved with granite blocks from Tremon't street 
to Providence street. 

A. J. Browne, that Bainbndge street be graded. 

Robert Bishop and others, that Sixth street, from 
Dorchester avenue to Foundry street, be paved, 
etc. 

A.J. Drummond, to be paid for da mages sus- 
tained by raising the grade of Castle street at No. 
41. 

Several referred to Committee on Paving. 

C. H. Hallahan, for a sewer in Thomas or Na- 
tional street. Keterred to Committee on Sewers. 

Kichard Leeds and others, that a ten-feet Das- 
sageway be laid out on reserved lot between Rut- 
land and Newton streets. Referred to Committee 
on Public Lands. 

CAMBRIDGE AND CHARLESTOWN BRIDGES. 

The Mayor laid before the Board a communica- 
tion from the City Solicitor, giving a sketch of the 
facts needed to be communicated to the City 
Council in respect to the Cambridge and Charles- 
town bridges. 



This sketch gives the provisions of chapter 302 
of the acts of 1870, in relation to the support of the 
West Boston and Craigie's bridges by the cities of 
Boston and Cambridge, the proportion of each to 
be determined by three commissioners to be 
appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, and 
that the unexpended balance ot lunds for the sup- 
port of these bridges shall be divided between the 
two cities in the proportion of the payments for 
support assigned to each, the care and manage- 
ment of the bridges to be vested in a Board of 
Commissioners of one from each city. 

In pursuance of the provisions of this statute, 
commissioners appointed have made the award, 
and this has been accepted and confirmed by the 
court. 

By chapter 303, acts of 1870, similar provisions 
were made in regard to the Charles River and 
Warren Bridges, and proceedings under the stat- 
ute have been had and confirmed by the court. 

It now becomes incumbent upon the City Coun- 
cil to provide by ordinance for the performance of 
the duties which have thus been imposed upon 
this city, and also to adopt the measures necessary 
for obtaining our moiety of the unexpended part 
of said funds. 

The communication was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Bridges. 

A proposition by the School Committee for a 
Convention, on the second Tuesday in May, to fill 
a vacancy in the committee from Ward "16, was 
concurred in. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The hearings on orders of notice on the proposed 
construction of a sewer in L street, and of a sewer 
in Biue Hill avenue, were taken up. No person 
appeared and the reports were recommitted. 

The hearing on petition of John Broderick for 
leave to put up anu use a steam boiler on Cliff 
street, Ward 16, was taken up. No person ap- 
peared, and the report was recommitted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order to pay John Foster $6710, for Broad street 
damages; to be charged to Fort Hill loan. 

Order to pay Joseph Comer, trustee, $73,827, for 
Sturgis street damages; to be charged to the Fort 
H111 loan. 

Order to establish hack fares within and to Ward 
16. (City Doc. No. 27.) 

The order to pay William Varnum $5000, for es- 
tate 32 Emerald street, on the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict, was indefinitely postponed, ou motion of Al- 
derman Pope, Mr. Varnum having deteimined not 
to sell said estate. 

The report and order for construction of a bell- 
tower on Lewis Sehoolhouse was referred to Com- 
mittee on Public Buildings, Alderman Jenkins 
stating that there were doubts about the feasibil- 
ity of such construction. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

Aldermen Cutter and Cowdm were joined on 
the order appointing Messrs. Locke, Moulton 
and Dickinson a committee, with such as this 
Board may join, of investigation on the subject of 
sale of unwholesome meats and provision. 

Aldermen Pierce, Jenkins and Cutter were 
joined on an order appointing Messrs. Dickinson, 
Flynn and Hall a committee to confer with this 
Board on subject of difference in the Appropria- 
tion bill. 

DIRECTORS FOR PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. 

The election of two Directors for Public Institu- 
ting was taken up, when the Board proceeded to 
a choice, with the following result. 

Whole number of votes 12 

Necessarv to a choice 7 

Patrick Donahoe 12 

Lyman A.Belknap 7 

George E. Learnard 5 

Messrs. Donahoe and Belknap were declared to 
be elected, in concurrence. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Order for Cochituute Water Board to report in 
print. 

Order for Trustees of City Hospital to report in 
print. 

Order for Committee on Public Buildings to ar- 
range the skylight on City Hall for ventilating 
purposes. 

Order for the consideration of the expediency 
of having an elevator in the City Hall Building. 

Order for Superintendent of Sewers to provide 



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the necessary drainage for the Suffolk Street Dis- 
trict, the expense to be charged to the Suffolk 
street Loan, amended, so that said work shall be 
done -'under the direction of the Committee on 
Suffolk Street District." 

Order authorizing the purchase of sundry par- 
cels of land lor the purpose of enlarging Orchard 
park in Ward 13, at a price not exceeding twenty- 
one thousand tive bundled and twenty-five dollars. 

Order to allow three thousand six hundred dol- 
lars lor estate JSo. 115 Castle street, taken from 
Addison .). Seaward. 

Order to allow nine thousand dollars, and four 
thousand eight hundred d< liars and certain taxes, 
for estates 22 Chapman street and 82 Emerald 
street, taken from Ella M. and Mary L. Learnard. 

Uider to allow three thousand five hundred dol- 
lars for estati 49 Suffolk street, taken frcm Den- 
nis Mannagan. 

Order to allow three thousand five hundred dol- 
lars for estate 51 Suffolk street, taken from Mi- 
chael Crowley. 

Order to authorize the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District to con ?ey to Alary A. Smith, the es- 
tate numbered 79 Emerald street, for tour thous- 
and five hundred dollars, subject to such condi- 
tions as the committee may deem expedient. 

Order authorizing a contract to be made with 
Cbamberlio & Marston, the lowest bidders, for re- 
pairing buildings 20, 28, 35 and 70 Suffolk street, for 
not exceeding three thousand six hundred and 
thirty-eight dollars. 

SALARY BILL. 

The Salary bill (City Doc. 17) came up with the 
rejection of all the amendments made thereto bj 
the Board of Aldermen, and with the following ad- 
ditional amendments: 

Increase clerk hire ol Common Council to §1000. 

Increase salaries of Superintendent of Market 
to $2500, and of the Deputy to $1500. 

Increase salaries of Foremen of Engine, and 
Hook and Ladder Companies to §325 each per an- 
num. (Sect. i). 

increase salaries f f Assistant Foremen, etc., of 
said companies to $300 each per annum. (Sect. 5). 

Alderman Talbot moved to concur with the 
Common Council in all their amendments. 

Alderman Cutter moved to amend, by voting to 
adhere to the amendments of the Board. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkins, a division of 
the question was called for, each amendment to be 
acted upon separately. 

O a the motion to amend by increasing the salary 
of the Auditor, the question put was upon adhering 
to the amendment of the Board, in making the 
salary §4500 instead of §5000, as adopted by the 
Common Council. 

Alderman Gibson said he was opposed to raising 
salaries in the outset, but the matter bad got so 
mixed up that he supposed it would be better to 
concur in the amendments. He wanted to pay all 
that was needed to secure the services of good offi- 
cers, but there were others to be protected who 
were not on the spot. Tax-payers are complaining 
of high taxes, and are moving out of town on ac- 
count of their increase, and he could not blame 
them for so doing, for they would he no men at all 
if they did not. The community did not expect 
that salaries would be raised this year, and he 
wished it to be distinctly understood that he was 
opposed to raising salaries except in tew cases. 

The salaries of all the principal officers had been 
raised §500 in the last two years by the fall in 
gold. The taxes of this city were known to beat 
an extraordinary rate, a higher rate than in any 
other city, and on that account more persons left 
the city last year than ever before, and more would 
leave this year than last. If this increase should 
go on, a reaction would take place, when salaries 
would be cut down to lower rates than now. With 
salaries of §3000 and a carriage, there is not one 
in a hundred iu the city so well employed, and in 
mercantile business where an amount is done of 
§250,000, the merchants are not making money. 
Many of the Board came here to run the Govern- 
ment more economically, and it was expected 
that they would keep rtown the taxes, for the ben- 
efit of the boor, who must pay the more as rich 
men are driveu away. 

The raising of salaries having gone so far, there 
was a bigger thing to come, for there were the la- 
boring people employed by the city , b who would ex- 
pect to receive an increase of pay, and there was 
no earthly reason why they should not. These 
men were receiving but §1 50 to §1 75 per day, but 
it was said theirs was not brain work. Yet' there 
was no reason why they should not have their pay 
increased, and instead of §10,000 as the amount of 
increase of salaries, we shall have $150,000. 



Alderman Jenkins said he was not prepared to 
vote on either proposition to adhere to the amend- 
ments of the Board or to concur with the Council 
on all. There were some inequalities in salaries, 
and some of them should be increased, as, tor in- 
stance, the Chief of Police. That officer was on 
service fifty-two days more in a year tnan other 
heads of departments, and longer days at that, 
with a torce of 500 men under him and with an 
amount of anxiety and watchfulness that others 
cannot realize. There were also some others which 
should be raised and there were some which had 
come from the Council which the committee did 
not agree up ,n. Take the case, also, of Superin- 
tendent of Streets, at whose mercy they were, it 
was desirable that they should have regard to the 
lax-payers, but he knew that it was the feeling of 
the people to pay a fair price for the services of 
those who were faithful. 

He did not doubt there were many who would 
take the office of Chief of Police at a salary of 
§1000 a year, and would lay up money on it. Take 
the present Chief, situated as he is. There are 
many persons who are sent to the House of Cor- 
rection, or other institutions, and on coming out 
apply to him for advice and aid. He does not talk 
about it, but pays out considerable money to such 
persons. Three thousand dollars a year for an 
officer liable to be called out at all hours of the 
night as well as day can be considered but a trifle. 
Such salaries do not compensate for the services. 
It is said these officers cannot earn so much out- 
side. This is not to be expected after they have 
been employed fifteeu or twenty years in one of 
the city departments, that they could obtain as 
good salaries as bankers or clerks in commercial 
houses, yet for the positions they now hold their 
services are invaluable, and no men could fill 
their places. 

Where public officers are reliable and compe- 
tent, they should have fair salaries and tax-payers 
would not complain. Tnere are many salesmen in 
stores who get better paid than the best officers 
are paid by ",he city. He should be unwilling to 
concur with the Council in so sweeping a vote, 
neither would he be willing to adhere in all the 
forinei votes of the Board. 

Alderman Gibson, in support of the increase of 
the salary of the Auditor, said he was the only 
man to stand up between the demands against the 
Treasury and the tax-pavers, and it was important 
that we had such a man, who could resist unjust 
demands. He had been in favor of waiting until 
the rates were down to §10 on a thousand before 
making an increase of salaries, and in justice to 
the tax-payers was in hopes of running the Gov- 
ernment more economically. 

Alderman Cowdin said lie concurred with both 
Aldermen Cutter and Gibson to a certain extent, 
and it could hardly be expected that the Board could 
raise salaries when they were so economical as to 
buy their own victuals and pay for them when en- 
gaged in the work of the city. He should be happy 
t'> vote for an increase of all the salaries, and par- 
ticularly for the gentleman piesent, whom they all 
delighted to honor; but if increased in these cases 
why not in others? And it would be expected by 
the laborers and others, who would say: If you 
increase the salaries of others, why not ours? The 
tax-payers would say the laborers are as much 
entitled to an increase of pay as are the heads of 
departments. 

The Superintendent of Streets and the Chief 
Engineer of the Fire Department are worthy offi- 
cers and are entitled to good salaries. The Audit- 
or he had known from boyhood, and he respected, 
him as an able and efficient officer. Yet we bad 
an able officer before him, and if the Lord should 
see tit to take him away, which he hoped not for 
many years, he did not doubt that his place could 
be tilled. The gentleman on the other side, (Al- 
derman Gibson,) knew better than he did in regard 
to the depression of mercantile business, he 
yielded to him in such matters, and under the cir- 
cumstances he hoped the Board would not concur. 

Alderman Jenkins remarked that it was in the 
interest of strict economy in the management of 
city affaiis, he advocated the payment of fair sala- 
ries to those in the City Hall, that the best men 
might be kept in municipal positions. The in- 
crease of salaries he should support would not 
amount to more thau §6000 or §8000, and Mie citi- 
zens would not complain if it was paid to the most 
competent men for the places. 

Alderman Gibson said in this case there was no 
horse and vehicle provided, which was §1200 or 
$1500 a year additional. Every financial operation 
of 'he city passes under the eye of the Auditor, 
and in ability he must be equal to a first-class law- 



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yer. The persons to fill the office were very 
scarce, ami while lie was opposed attbe outset to 
increasing- salaries, it anyone was to be increased 

il should oe tliis. 
Alderman Pierce said he did not understand 

that because he voted to raise one salary he 
should raise all others. In raising salaries, re- 
gard should he had to duties, capacities, etc., and 
no one should come to him to say that his p alary 
should he raised heeause that of another hasheen. 
It should be considered how rapidly the ei y has 
grown in a few years— m increase of population 
li'om 150,000 to 250,000. With duties more re- 
sponsible there should he an increase of salaries. 
The added territory had much increased the 
duties of the Am liter, (Jity Clerk ami Superintend- 
ent of SMeetS, and had made them far more ardu- 
ous ami exhausting, and tie could not understand 
why they should not he entitled to an increase of 
salaries. It, was hut simple justice that they 
should lie increased. 

If other officers think their salaries should be 
increased, let each one present his case and show 
his claims, and if clear It would he granted. He 
should vote against an increase of those not enti- 
tled to it. It was simply a question to he decided 
in each case, whether a salary is entitled to he 
raised, and not a question whether the Increase 
should be carried up to $150,000. The salaries of 
beads oi departments should he raised. In his 
own experience in connection with the Street, 
Department, he was obliged to go to an honest 
superintendent to learn his duties. If the super- 
intendent was not honest, the city would suiter o 
that extent. The city must suffer from want of 
capacity in heads of departments, and if ttey are 
competent they should have salaries which will 
support them creditably and enable them to lav 
up something. He believed that, as a whole, the 
heads of departments were honest, able and capa- 
ble, and the increase was not unreasonable or 
more than they are entitled to receive. 

Alderman Pl'umer said that as he had expressed 
his views freely on a previous occasion, it would 
not be necessary for him to do so now. As a mem- 
ber of the Committee on Salaries, he owed it to the 
committee to say that they carefully considered 
each case and at two sessions. He was free to say 
for himself that he was ready to report even 
larger salaries, as a measure of strict justice to 
worthy officers, and repudiated the idia that any 
particular line of policy was marked out for him 
ro pursue by those who elected them to this gov- 
ernment. They expected, as he believed, he 
would decide upon the subjects, as they came up, 
according to his best judgment, line leak of 
which tax-payers complained was not In this di 
rection. In the payment of salaries, he should do 
as he should in the management of his own busi • 
nesn. That was the truest economy which paid 
fair salaries, even liberal salaries, and when we 
get the right sort of men, to retain them in office, 
If the city paid low salaries, it would have a low 
rate of talent, and it would prove poor economy. 
Allusion had been made to the Chief of Police. 
It was well known that when a change was pro- 
posed in the office last year, the citizens outside 
did not expect to get such a man as was wished 
to till the office without paying at least $5000. 
Thev were perfectly willing to pay fair and lib- 
eral salaries, and ail that were reported by the 
committee. He hoped that not this alone, hut in 
all the others, the Hoard would concur mainly 
with the Council. If they have not the right men 
for the ofliecs, the sooner they got them the better 
it Wodld be tor the city. 

Alderman Gowdin said he concurred in what was 
said ol the merits of the Chief of Police, and when 
a change w is proposed, he was in favor of the 
present head of that department. who had come up 
from the ranks, step by Step, and was a thoroughly 
honest and competent officer. In regard to raising 
s daries, he did not know a man who proposes to 
resign because he did not get enough. All of the 
hea Is of departments are satisfied With their pres- 
ent pay, if none others are raised ; bat if others are 
raised', they will want theirs raised. 

Alderman Gibson sail in r?ganl to the remarks 
Of the gentleman on his left (Alderman l'ieree), 
the salaries were raised two or three years since, 
and were considered as pei nianent, iixed accord- 
ing to the position and abilities. If a change is 
made, and a rai.-c is made id' one, they must raise 
all, and raise them all alike. He was against the 
principle of increasing taxation, and while he 
would like to have all these officers doing better, 
anil making $100,000 a year, it must he remem- 
bered that there ate hundreds of thousands who 



are poor, and many poor widow women who are 
obliged to wa-h to pay their taxes. It would be 
poor economy to be increasing salaries and taxes 
when so many rich people are leaving the city. 

The question was taken on the motion to adhere 
to the amendment of the Bo.miI in making tbe Sal- 
ary of tne Auditor $4500, and was lost. 

Alderman Oibsoii moved to concur with the 
Council in making it $5000, which was < allied. 

A motion to adhere to the amendment in mak- 
ing the salary of the City Clerk $4600* instead of 
$50011. was lost, when a motion to d ncur in mak- 
ing it .-5000, was (allied. 

ihe next amendment was on the salary of the 
Clerk of the Common Council, the Board having 
voted on f 1600) and the Council to make it $1800. 

Alderman ( owcin wished to know if tins officer 
bad asked to have his salary raised, lie had the 
honor to bring him forward as u candidal' for bis 
present place twenty-nine years ago, and highly 
respected him; having no lami'y but himself, anil 
having a handsome property, lie did not think he 
wished an increase oi salary and did not ask it. 

Alderman Woolley, in reply stated that this offi- 
cer did not apply lor an increase of salary. 

Alderman (iinson said he had it from good au- 
thority, that while he did not aoply to the com- 
mittee, he did wish to have li •> salary raised. 

Ihe motion to adhere was lost, when it was 
voted to concur with the Council. 

The amendment next in order was that of the 
salary of City Enjineer, the Hoard having voted 
$3000, and the Council adopted the repori of the 
Committee in miking it $3300. 

A motion to adhere was lost, and a motion to 
concur was declared to be carried, and a doubt 
wtis raised. 

Those who voted ton concur were Aldermen l'ieree 
Woolley, Little, I'lumer. Talbot and Jenkins, 
and those who voted against were Aldermen Uib- 
Son, Pone, Kicker. Cutter, White and Cowdin, ami 
the motion was lost. 

A fuither motion to adhete was again lost— 6 to 
6— as aoove, and the section was laid on the table. 
In the several cases, as follows, the Board re- 
fused to adhere, and concurred with the Council: 
Citv Surveyor, changed from $3000 to $3300. 
City Registrar, $2500 to $3090. 
Water Registrar, S-500 to $3000. 
Harbor Master, ¥1700 to $1800. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, $2500 to $3000. 
Superintendent of Sewers, $2500 to -3000. 
.Superintendent of Streets, $3000 to $3300. 
Supexintendent of Public Buildings, $3000 to 
$3300. 

On the question of concurring in making the 
salary of Chief ot Police $3300, instead of $3000, 
Alderman Jenkins moved to amend, to make it 
$3500, which was carried. 

Chief-Engineer of Fire Department, $3000 to 
$3300. 

On the motion to concur in making the salaries 
of Street Commissioners S4000 instead of $3000. i 
doubt was raised, and the concurrence was lo&t, 
by a vote of to 0, as follows: 

"Yeas— (xibson, Little, Pluuier, Talbot, White, 
Woolley. 

Nays— Cowdin, Cutter, Jenkins, Pierce, Pope, 
Kicker. 

Alderman Kicker moved to amend, by making 
the salaries $3500 instead of SlOdO. 

Alderman Fierce moved to amend by making 
the amount $0300, in support of which lie said he 
did not see why these officers should hive more 
than the heads of departments who have been in 
service for many years, while these ate yet inex- 
perienced m their office. 

Ihe motion to make the sum $3500 was lost — 3 to 
5 — when the amendment of $3300 was tarried. 

The question now recurred upon the additional 
amendments ot tbe Council to the leport of the 
committee. 

The several amendments were concurred in, in- 
creasing the amounts as follows: Assistant Clerk 
of Council, $800 to $1000; Superintendent of .Mar- 
ket, $2200 to §250(1, and Deputy Superintendent, 
$1300 to $1500; salaries of foremen of Hook and 
Ladder and Hose Companies, $300 to $325, and of 
Assistant Foremen, Clerks, Kakeiuen, Axemen, 

etc.. $275 to .-300. 

On motion of Alderman Kicker, the salary of As- 
sistant Clerk of Committees was raised from $800 
to $1000. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, the salary of 
Secretary of Hoard of Engineers was increased 
from $1500 to $1700. 

Alderman Kicker said he had beeu opposed to 
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was another Board which required as much brain 
as any other, whose salaries had not been raised. 
He moved to raise the salaries of the Board of As- 
sessors fiom $2500 to $3000, which was lost. 

Aluerman Pierce moved to take up the salary of 
City Engineer, and to tix the salary at $3200. 

Alderman Cutter wished to know why there was 
suc'u discrimination, when the committee were so 
liberal with tneir increase of salaries. This < fiice 
had a salary of $2800 ten vears ago, and so with 
the Superintendent of Public Lauds, who then had 
a salary of $1600, now only increased to $1800. 
When officers had clone so well, he would like to 
know how t heir services weie esteemed in so 
slight a manner. 

Alderman Woolley stated that a motion in com- 
mittee to make the amounl $3300 was at first lost, 
but subsequently was carried. 

Alderman Cowdin said he was surprised at the 
salary paid to sucb an officer, so important, and 
commanding the highest talent and salaries. It 
was one of the most important offices, and should 
rank with the highest in salaiies. Mr. Chesbro, 
the former Engineer, wa« now receiving $10,000 in 
Chicago, and the office here should' command 
$5000. 

The motion of Alderman Pierce to fix the salary 
at $3200 was carried. 

The several sections of the Salary bill as amend- 
ed, were adopted, and the Salary oill was passed. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Po- 
lice, reported leave to withdraw severally on peti- 
tions of ; S-. C ..Maine, for leave to suspend a sign 
over Treuioiit street at No. 130; J. Sehumaker & 
Co., for leave to have a projecting sign at 19 Doane 
street ; P. A. Crooker, to maintain a projecting 
sign at 143 Court street; and of Charles W.Gai- 
loupe, for leave to use a hoisting engine on Har- 
vard street. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, "from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall, reported in favor of the use of Faneuil 
Hall May 10, to George H.. Johnston and others foe 
the reception of the Grand Army of the Republic. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on 
Streets, on the petition of Chauncy Chase for appor- 
tionment of betterments on Lliot street, reported 
no action needed, the petitioner having elected to 
pay his betterment in lull. Accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses as follows: 
Florence Dramatic Association, to give a dra- 
matic performance at the Olympic Theatre, April 
27; W. H. Kichardson, to exhibit a painting 'Bat- 
tle of Gettysburg) at Tremont Temple; VV. J. 
Demorest, to give a conceit at Music Hall, April 
25; Warren Street Chapel Association, to give a 
conceit and exhibition at Music Hall. May 3; John 
S. Damreil, to give a concert in aid of the Fire 
Department Fund, at Music Hall, April 26; E. A. 
Ka ud, to give a stereopticon exhibition at Wash- 
ington Hall, April 24; James Griffin, to give a 
variety exhibition at Olympic Theatre, April 28,29: 
J. W. Brackett, to give concerts at Brackett's Hall, 
April 24, 27; John B. O'Brien, to give a concert at 
Olympic Theatre, Way 1. Severally accepted. 

Alderman White also reported licenses to eigh- 
teen newsboys, and four uootblacks, also licenses 
to sundry persons as innholders and victuallers, 
tor billiard saloons, intelligence offices, wagon li- 
censes, and for transfer of wagon licenses. Sever- 
ally accepted. 

Alderman Plumer submitted a report of the 
Board ol Engineers of the Fire Department, to 
wbora was referred the order oi Dec. 31. 1870, au- 
thorizing the Board to cause the building being 
remodelled and repaired by Thomas K. Burnham, 
No. 622 Washington street.andextendingthrough 
to Ash street, to be secured to the satisfaction of 
said Board, in whicn they report that they had at- 
tended to that duty, and that said building has 
been made secure and to the satisfaction of' said 
Board. Accepted. 

A report was also submitted and accepted adopt- 
ing rules for the government of the Fire Depart- 
ment. 

PORTRAIT OF ANSON BURLINCiAME. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on 
taneuil Hall, to whom was referred the commu- 
nication from His Honor the Mayor in relation to 
a portrait of the late Anson Burlingame, pre- 
sented to the city by several gentlemen of Bos- 
ton and its immediate vicinity, made a report rec- 
ommending the passage of the accompanying re- 
solves. 



Kesolved, That the thanks of the City Council be 
presented to Nathaniel B. Shurtl?ff, Joseph F. 
Paul, and their associates, for the very valuable 
portia it of the late Anson BurHngame, by A. H. 
Bicknell, which they have given to the city of 
Boston. 

Kesolved, That the portrait be placed in some 
suitable place in Faneuil Hall. 

The resolutions were passed. 

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. 

Alderman Pope, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Public Lands, to whom was referred the 
petition of the Trustees of the Museum of Fine 
Arts for the modification of the conditions of the 
grant of land to them, having fully considered the 
same, would respectfully submit the following re- 
port : 

That the city of Boston, on the twenty-sixth day 
of May, 18/0, released, by deed of quitclaim, to the 
Trustees of the .Museum of iine Aits the lot of 
land on St. James and Dartmouth streets, contain- 
ing ninety-one thousand square feet, upon which 
a building devoted to fine arts should be erected, 
— said de.nl containing the following conditions, 
viz.: That the building or buildings to be 
erected upon said lot shall, with the execution 
of the porch, steps and buttresses, be set back not 
less than thirty leet from each of the streets upon 
which said land is bounded. 

The Trustees being desirous of erecting a build- 
ing in conformity to the plans adopted by them, 
now request the privilege of approaching rive feet 
nearer the liue of the streets on which said lot is 
bounded, leaving twenty-five feet open, instead of 
thirty feet according to the present conditions. 

The committee, believing it to be for the interest 
of the city to grant said request, would unani- 
mously recommend the passage of the accompa- 
nying order: 

Ordered, That the condition in the deed of the 
city of Boston to the Trustees of the Museum of 
Fine Arts, dated May 26, 1871, and recorded with 
.Suffolk Deeds, lib. 1011, folio 9, whicn requires that 
no building shall be erected on the land thereby 
conveyed, nearer to any street by which said land 
is bounded than thirty feet, be so modified as to 
allow such building or buildings to be erected not 
nearer than twenty-five feet from anv street, and 
that His Honor the Mayor is hereby authorized to 
execute all instruments necessary to carry this 
order into effect. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
renorted in favor of certain persons to sprinkle 
streets, as follows: Smith & Moseley and George 
W. Decatur, to sprinkle streets in Koxbury ; and 
for transfer of license to Leander H. Jones to 
sprinkle streets to Adoniram Curtis; also to cer- 
tain persons to build stables, as follows: Asa 
Mitchell, for a stable lor twenty horses at the old 
tjlass works, First street; Charles N. Dean, to 
build a stable tor ten or more horses, on Park man, 
North Grove and Fruit streets; VV. S. Burnham, 
to build a stable for one horse, or. Clifton street, 
Ward 16; Wm. C. Johnston, to build a stable for 
one horse, at No. 211 Princeton street; J. J. For- 
bush, to build a stable for two horses, on Clifford 
street. Keports were also made (leave to with- 
draw) on remonstrance of Josiah Dunham and 
others, against the erection of a stable on Tin'or 
street; and on petition of Jacob G. Kdgecomb, for 
leave to erect a stable tor two horses on Koeking- 
ham place. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Fan- 
euil Hall Market, reported in favor of transfer of 
lease of stalls Nos. 17 and 19 Faneuil Hall Market 
from J. Kussell & Co. to Kussell Brothers; and 
for transfer of lease of stall No. 82 Faneuil Hall 
Market and cellar 14 from Sarah Aldrich, admin- 
istratrix, to Morse & Darling. Severally accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Claims, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of Eliza- 
beth Freeman to be paid lor personal injuries by 
alleged defect in Dorchester avenue, and on peti- 
tion of Adelia Harrnuan to be paid for personal 
injuries by alleged defects in Prince stteet- sev- 
erally accepted. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSORS. 

Alderman Kicker, from the Joint Committee on 
the Assessor's Department, to whom was referred 
the resignation of George B. Faunce, as a First 
Assistant Assessor, made a report recommending 
the election of Phineas B. Smith. The report was 
accepted, and Mr. Smith was unanimously chosen 
to fill the vacancy. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN 



DIRECTORS OF i:\sT BOSTOM FEBRT. 

Uderman Woolley, from the joint committee 
who were directed to report a candidate for Di- 
rector of the East Boston Fe/ry aif large,, in place 
of .1. in ing Cross, declined, made a report nomi- 
nating for Director ( barles Stanwood, in place of 
Mi. Cross, ftae report was accepted, and the Board 
baving then balloted for two Directors. Messrs. 
Kelly and Stanwood weie chosen by a unanimous 
vote. 

01! DEES PASSED. 

On motion in Aldei man Plumer, 
Urderea, 'JLhat the Chief Engineer, under the 
direction of the Joint Standing Committee on Fire 
Department, be authorized 10 employ curing the 
next financial year such additional assistance, in 
his office and department as may bedeemed neces- 
sary, and an Inspector of Wooden Buildings, at. an 
estimated expt use of $4000;tlie same to he charged 
to the Appropriation for Fire Department. 
( in motion of Alderman Pope, 
Ordered, That tbe Superintendent of SeweTS be 
directed to coi struct a sewer in I. street, between 
second and Third streets, and reports tue ex l JI 1IM ' 
to this Board. 
On motion of Aldeimaii Cowdin, 
Ordered, lhat tliere be allowed and paid to the 
commandeis of tlie Several Posts of the Grand 
Army of the l.eptulic situated in tbe city of Bos- 
ti . tbe sum of $100 ti each, to Le expended in dec- 
orating the staves of Union soldiers in accordance 
u 1 1 li an annual custom, said sum be to charged to 
the appropriation for Incidentals. 

Alderman Cowdin stated in reply to inquiries, 
that the nuinbet of Posts was ten, increased from 
nine last year. 
On motion of Al eriuan .Jenkins, 
Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings on t lie part of this Board be authorized to 
supply such furniture as may be required in tlie 
i mice of the Begister of Deeds, at an estimated 
cosl of $1000; the expense therefor to be charged 
to the appropriation for the County of Suffolk. 

Ordeied, 'lhat there t.e paid to Henry W. & 
VI m. 11. Duttvin $12,780, for land taken and all 
damages occasioned by the widening of Washing- 
ton stieet, by a resolve of March 27,1871 ; the same 
to be charged to the appropriation for Widening 
Streets. 

On motion ot Alderman Little, 
Ordered, lhat there be paid to Horatio '.i. Morse 
$3498, for land taken and all damages, including 
grade damages, occasioned by the extension of 
Harrison avenue, by a resolve of tio<', 11, 1870, 
upon the usual conditions of discharge of the city 
from all damages, costs and expenses; to be 
chaise*! to the Harrison Avenue Extension Loan. 
Ordered, lhat there be paid to S. Louisa, wife 
of George K. Goodwin, S6184, for land taken and 
all damages, including grade damages, caused by 
the ex tension oi Harrison avenue, by a resolve of 
Nov. 11, 1870, with the usual conditions; to be 
charged to the Harrison Avenue Extension Loan, 
t urdered, lhat there be paid to Annie C, wife of 
L. Foster -Morse, &100P for land taken and all dam- 
ages, including grade damages, occasioned by the 
extension of Harrison avenue, by resolve of Nov. 
11, 1870, upon, the usual conditions; to be cUargcd 
the Hariisqn Avenue Extension Loan. 

Ordered, That there be paid to Mebitable P. wife 
of H in. t urtis, $2735, for land taken and all dama- 
ges, including grade damages, occasioned by the 
extension of Harrison avenue, by resolve of Nov. 
1!. |.s70, upon the usual conditions; to be ('barged 
to the Harrison Avenue Extension Loan. 
On motion of Aldennan Pierce, 
Ordered, that there be paid to John Koessle 
$1000, in fuli compensation for all damages cau.-ed 
to Ins estate on 1'ynchon street, by the raising of 
the grade of said estate, by order of April 11, 1870, 
upon his proving title and giving an acquittance on 
the usual conditions: to be cbatged to the appro- 
priation for Laving Out and Widen ing Streets. 

Ordered, That there he paid to F. A. Haruian 
-l;,ll. in lull compensation for all damages caused 
to his estate, No. 010 Dorchester avenue, hy the 
raising of the grade of said stieet, by an order of 
August 16, 1870, upon the usual conditions: to be 
charged to the appropriation for Laying Out and 
\\ idening Streets. 
Or dared, lhat there be allowed and paid to Eliza 



( .i--ell. for (-state \'o. 'S.'j Cherry street, $5300, and 
the amount of the taxes assessed on s.nd estate for 
the fear 1870, on the usual conditions ol i 
tbe city from all damages, costs and expenses m 
consequence of the taking of said estate ; said sum 
to be charged to the appropriation for Suffolk 
Street District. 

ordered. That the Superintendent of Streets be 

directed to close Mystic street against the passage 
< f vehicles between EastDedham and East < an- 
ion streets, during the removal ot the wooden 
I millings at the corner of Mystic and East Ded- 
hani si reels. 

i rdered, That the superintendent of streets be 
directed topave the gutters on r.oylsuii street, 
between Berkeley and Clarendon ' streets, and 
gravel the roadway of said street, at an estimated 
cost ol $3500; to be charged to the appropriation 
for Laving. 

Ordered, That tbe Superintendent of Strestsbe 
dneete' 1 to re pave shaw inn t avenue, between West 
lieiihaui and West Brook line streets, with small 
g'anite blocks, at an estimated cost of S13,75C; to 
be charged to the appropriation for Paving. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
1'errin and Waverley streets to furnish edgestones 
to support the sidewalk and to lay the sidewalks 
with brick within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of streets be 
directed to notify the owners and ahuttors on 
Warren street, between Walnut avenue and Quin- 
cy stieet, to furnish edgestones to support tbe 
sidewalks, and to iay the sidewalk with brick 
within twenty days. 

ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutteis on Al- 
bany street, between Dover and Maiden streets, 
to tnrnish edgestones to support the sidewalk and 
to lav the sidewalk within twenty days. 

Oiilered, That the superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify tbe owners and abutters on Wil- 
liams street, between Washington street and 
Shawmut avenue, to lay their sidewalk within 
twenty days 1 . 

On motion of Alderman Little, an order \v:»s 
passed, for tbe abatement of nuisances on Wash- 
ington, North, and Friend streets, rear of Clark 
stieet, Harvard place and Lai.gdon place, and 
Maiden street and court 

Orders were also passed to meet the Jail requi- 
sition for $2184,61, and to pay bills of persons 
directly or indirectly connected with the City 
Government. 

ORDERS IN RELATION TO DISEASED MEAT. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

Ordered, That the Superintendents of Faneuil 
Hall Mariiet and of Health, and their respective 
deputies, be directed to prosecute any person who 
M Is within the limits of said nnrket, or at any 
other place in this eiry. any diseased, corrupted, 
or unwholesome meat, in violation of the 16bth 
chapter ot the uei.eial Statutes or of chapter 253 of 
the statutes of 18ti0. 

Ordered, 'lhat the Superintendent of Faneuil 
Hall Market, or his deputy, be directed to seize 
and destroy any tainted, diseased, or unwhole- 

i-oinc i it, or the meat of any calf killed when 

l.ss than four weeks old. which may be exposed 
for sale withiuthe limits of the Faneuil Hall Mar- 
kets!. 

ordered, 'that the Superintendent of Health, or 
bis deputy, be directed to seize ami destroy any 
such tainied or unwholesome meat or calves de- 
scribed in the foregoing order, which may be ex- 
posed lor sale at tlie Blackstone. Suffolk or other 
market houses or piaees in this city. 

Ordered, That the Chief of Police be directed to 
hud such assistance from his department as may 
be remiired at any time to aid the Superintendent 
ot Faneuil Hall .Market, or the superintendent of 
Health, or their respective deputies, in the execu- 
tion of tbe foregoing orders. 

ORDERS OE NOTICE. 

On the proposed construction of sewers in Lex- 
ington street, from Putnam street to a point 200 
feet east of Prescott street; in Bennington street, 
between Marion and Brooks streets; in London 
street, west of Marion street. Hearings on Mon- 
day next, .May 1. 

Adjourned to Friday, 1 o'clock, P. 31. 



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liOARD OF ALDEBMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
APRIL 27, 1871. 



A special meeting of the Hoard of Aldermen was 
ileal at one o'clock this afternoon, railed to eon- 
Rider tue report <>f the Committee of Conference 
on the Appropriation bill. Alderman Jenkins, 
chairman, presided. 

Alderman Pierce, from the committee of the 
Board <>t Aldermen, appointed to confer wits a 
Committee of the Common Council on the suhjec 
of the differences between the two branches in re- 
lation to the appropriations for Contingent and 
Incidental Expenses, made a report that they have 
conferred with the committee of the Council, and 
have been unable to agree. They therefore ask to 
be discharged from the further consideration of 
the subject. 

Alderman Pierce explained as the position of 
the question that when the committees came to- 
gether it was proposed by the committee of the 
Board to agree to a Contingent Fund of .§4000, 
with the appropriation for badges stricken out, 
but this the committee of the Council declined to 
accept, and it was insisted that thev would lie sat- 
isfied with the 84000, provided $1021 might I e ex- 
pended for badges. This was declined. It was 
then proposed by them to strike out the whole 
Contingent Fund, provided that .$1024 be applied 
as a Contingent Fund. This also was declined. 

It was evident from the differences that they de- 
sired in some form, in words or in figures, to show 
that this appropriation was to be used for badges, 
and that the badges must in some way be brought 
into the matter. The Board of Aldermen having 
determined that they did not themselves need 
badges, and had voted against them, were willing 
to vote a Contingent Fund of $4000. They diet not 
wish to dictate tor what this snould be expended, 
and were willing that the Council should take the 
responsibility, if they chose to, in expending a 
portion ot it for badges; but they were not willing 
to be responsible for such expenditures, and could 
not recognize an expenditure for badges. 

As to abandoning the Contingent Fund, the com- 
mittee could not agree to that, for they believed 
there were certain expenditures which could not 
be legally provided for except out of such fund, 
the bills to be properly approved of. Authority 
must first be obtained, and this they believed to 
be a wise measure. This fund could only exist 
with the present financial year, and can only be 
revived with the consent of another City Govern- 
ment. 

The report was accepted. 

Alderman Gibson said it appeared to him that 
so long as the money wished for by the Council 
was given to them that ought to be satisfactory. 
It seemed like extortion to ask for more. In all 
candor that was a fair and just thing, and they 
should asfe for nothing more. 

Alderman Pope moved that the Board adhere to 
its vote. 

Alderman Gibson said it was evident there must 
be much suffering if this Appropriation bill was 
not passed. 

Alderman Cutter said he could conceive of no 
judicious reason why the Board of Aldermen 
should not adhere. They were willing to vote 
$4000 for a Contingent Fund, but this the Council 
objected to, because they wished to make a side 
thrust, for the purpose of obtaining a recognition 
of the badges. He did hope that there would be. 
found judicious men enough in the Council to 



change their determination and not expend: the 
appropriations in trinkets. 

Alderman Pierce said he was reminded that he 
did not fully state the case in regard to the fig- 
ures. It seemed to lie determined on the part of 
the Council that either the word "badgts" or the 
figure "21" should be made piominent, so that it 
should be known for w bat the amount was to be 
expended. 

Alderman Cowdin moved an amendment to the 
effect, making an appropriation of $4000 without 
the provi>o that S1024 may be expended fur 
bads.es. 

The amendment was ruled out of order. 

Alderman l'lumer said this was a matter of 
principle, whether it was 91000 or S100.000, and 
the members of the Board should not be called 
noon to sacrifice that principle He was willing 
to strike out all of the Contingent Fund ; but if the 
Contingent Fund was voted, they migbt vote to 
expend $1024 for badges, and the remainder in 
golden rattles if they chose. They might expend 
the money, but he did not wish to have the respon- 
sibility of voting for badges. 

Alderman Cowdin said he could not see any dif- 
ference in the proposed settlement of the ques- 
tion — it meant badges, in either case, and he 
preferred that it should be expressed, and not to 
go round by another way. He did not agree that 
the Council should expend the money as they 
chose to, but that the expenditures should be ex- 
pressed fully. 

Alderman Cibson contended that as it was a 
matter of right, the Council must yield. All the 
money asked for was given to them, and they 
should be satisfied ; otherwise there must be much 
suffering. 

The motion to adhere was carried. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Cutter, from the Committee on 
Bridges, to whom was referred the statement of 
the City Solicitor in relation to the bridges across 
Charles Kiver, between Cambridge, Charlestown 
and Boston, having considered the subject, would 
respectfully recommend thai the papers be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ordinances, with in- 
structions to prepare and report an ordinance to 
provide for the performance of the duties imposed 
by statute upon the city of Boston, and also an or- 
der authorizing the City Treasurer to receive the 
proportion of the funds for the maintenance of 
said bridges belonging to Boston. 

Accepted, and referred accordingly. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Plumer, 

Ordered. That the Committee on the Fire De- 
partment be authorized to loan to the city of Port- 
land, for temporary use, one of the steam fire en- 
gines belonging to this city. 

Some objection was made to this order, but it 
was said to be an extreme case, and as the city 
had spare engines, the loan could be made without 
detriment to the public interests. 

On motion of Alderman Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify O. II. VVeutworth to close up 
within ten days the bulkheads recently construct- 
ed in the sidewalk in front of his estate on Beverly 
and Travers streets, and cover the same with 
granite or flagging stones, in accordance with the 
ordinances in relation to the construction of coal 
holes, &c, under sidewalks; and in default there- 
of the Superintendent of Streets is hereby direct- 
ed to close up and make solid said bulkheads at 
the expense of the owner thereof. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Seventh street, between L and M streets, to furn- 
ish edgesrones to support the sidewalk, and to lay 
their sidewalks with brick within twenty days. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Common Council, 

APRIL 27, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Common 
Council was held tins evening, at l\i o'clock, Mat- 
thias liich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of Theresa Levi and of Richard 
Leeds and others were severally referred, in con- 
sul rence. 

The reference to the Committee on Public Build- 
ings of a report aud order for the erection of a 
bell- tower, at not exceeding $1200, on the Lewis 
Schoolhouse was concurred in. 

The repor's (leave to withdraw) on the petition 
of ElizaDeth 1' reeman, to be paid for personal in- 
juries caused by a defect in Dorchester avenue; 
and (leave to withdraw) on petition of Adelia 
Harriman, to be paid for injuries caused by a de- 
fect in Prince street, were accepted, in concur- 
rence. 

The following orders were severally read once: 

Order to pay the Commanders of the Posts of 
the Wrand Army of the Republic in Boston $100 
each, to be expended in decorating the graves of 
Union soldiers, in accordance with an annual 
custom. 

Order to pay Eliza Cassell, for estate No. 33 
Cherry street, $5300 aud the taxes assessed there- 
on for 1870. 

The order authoiizing the Chief Engineer, under 
the direction of the Fire Department, to employ 
such additional assistance in his office and depart- 
ment as may be needed, also an Inspector of 
Wooden Buildings, at an estimated expense of 
$4000, on motion of Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, was 
referred to the Committee on Fire Department,. 

The following orders were severally read twice 
and passed : 

Order to pay bills of persons directly or indirect- 
ly connected with the City Government. 

Keport and order that the conditions in the deed 
of the city of Boston to the Trustees of the Museum 
of Fine Arts be so far modified as to allow the 
erection of buildings not nearer than twenty-five 
feet to the street. 

Resolve extending the thanks of the City Coun- 
cil to N. B. Shurtleff, Joseph F. Paul and their 
associates, for the very valuable portrait of the 
late Anson Burlingame by A. H. Bicknell, which 
they have given to the city; and that said portrait 
be placed in Faneuil Hall. 

FIRST ASSISTANT ASSESSOR. 

The report nominating a First Assistant As- 
sessor, in place of George B.Faunce, declined, was 
accepted in concurrence, when the rules were sus- 
pended, and the Council proceeded to an election. 
Messrs. Smith of Ward 10, Brown of Ward 2, and 
Jacobs of Ward 3 were appointed a committee to 
receive and count the votes, reporting as follows : 

Whole number of votes 54 

Necessary to a choice 28 

Phineas B. Smith 36 

Isaac F. Atwood 18 

Mr. Smith was declared to be elected, in concur- 
rence. 

DIRECTORS OF EAST BOSTON FERRIES. 

The report nominating a Director of East Boston 
Ferries, in place of J. Irving Cross, declined, was 
accepteo, when the Council proceeded to an elec- 
tion, under a suspension of the rules, aud the cer- 
tificate of election of Directors was read. Messrs. 
Ryan of Ward 13, Barker of Ward 6, and Smith of 
Ward 1 were appointed a committee to receive 
and count the votes, and reported as follows: 

Whole number of votes 58 

Necessary to a choice 30 

Daniel D. Kelly 21 

Charles Stan wood 33 

Increase S. Hill 25 

Jeremiah L. Newton 22 

Julius Adams 1 

Mr. Stanwood was declared to be elected, in 
concurrence, and there was no choice for a second 
Director. 

The Council proceeded to another ballot for the 
election of a second Director, with the following 
result: 

Whole number of votes 55 

Necessary to a choice 28 

Daniel D. Kelly 23 

Increase S. Hill .27 

Jeremiah L.Newton .. 4 

Julius Adams I 



And there were two ballots which had two names 
on each, which were not counted. 

The Council proceeded to a third ballot, with the 
following result: 

Whole number of votes 5S 

Necessary to a choice 29 

Daniel D.Kelly 23 

Increase S. Hill 27 

Jeremiah L. IN ewton 1 

On the fourth and fifth ballots the result was as 
follows: 

4th. 5th. 

Whole number of Votes 57 53 

Necessary to a choice 29 30 

Daniel D. Kelly 27 35 

Increase S. Hill 27 22 

Jeremiah L. Newton 1 

Daniel G. Kelly 1 

D.G.Kelly. 1 

Hill 1 

On the tilth ballot Mr. Kelly was elected, in con- 
currence. 

SALARY BILL. 

The Salary bill was taken up, the question being 
on concurrence with the Board of Aldermen in 
several amendments. 

The first amendment was in concurring in fixing 
the salary of the City Engineer at $3200 instead of 
$3300. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 moved that the Council 
adhere to its amendment. Carried, by a vote of 
24 to 5. 

The next amendment was in fixing the salary of 
the Chiet of Police at $3500 instead of $3300. 

Mr. Robbins of Ward 8 moved that the Council 
concur, which was carried. 

On the amendment eo fix the salary of Street 
Commissioners at $3300 instead ot $4000, Mr. Rob 
bins moved that the Council non-concur, and fix 
the salary at $3000. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said he had not been dis- 
posed to increase salaries, but if the Street Com- 
missioners are worth anything, they aie worth all 
that is voted to them. The services required are 
very important and should be well paid for. It 
was thought by some persons that this is a new 
expense entirely, but he had before him a minute 
of expenses under the old system, in which it ap- 
peared that there were four persons whose sala- 
ries were $2500 a year each, besides the incidental 
expenses. These Commissioners do the whole 
work, and with the whole sum of their salaries 
and that of the clerk, it would not be so much as 
has been paid. Men of experience and fit for that 
service could not be got for the sum proposed. 

The Chair stated the question to be on non-con- 
curring and fixing the salary at $3000. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 said it seemed to him that 
the sum fixed upon was a fair salary, and it could 
hardly be expected to fill the place at $3500. 

The motion to non-concur was rejected. 

Mr. Smith moved to fix the amount at $3500. 

The Chair further stated the question. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13 moved to adhere to the for- 
mer action of the Council. 

The Chair stated that the question had just been 
put ou adhering, which was lost, and suggested 
that the object could be reached by moving an 
amendment to the pending motion. 

Mr. Ryan moved to amend by making the 
amount $4000 instead of $3500. 

The amendment was lost, when the amendment 
of Mr. Smith to make the salaries $3500 was car- 
ried, by a vote of 28 to 8. 

The Council concurred in making the salary of 
the Assistant Clerk of Committees $1000. 

The last amendment was on fixing the salary of 
the Secretary of the Board of Engineers of the 
Fire Department at $1700, instead of $1500. 

Mr. Ryan of Ward 13 moved to amend, by mak- 
ing the amount $1800, the secretary being required 
to spend all his time in the service of the city. 
The amendment was carried. 

Mr. Brooks of Ward 1 said there was one class 
of officers who had been overlooked in the increase 
of salaries, and those officers deserved an increase 
of pay. He moved to increase the salaries of As- 
sistant Engineers of the Fire Department from 
$500 to $550. 

The Chair stated that the motion would not be 
in order, both branches having concurred in fixing 
the salaries of these officers. 

The order making a temporary loan of a steam 
fire-engine to the city of Portland was read twice 
and passed, in concurrence. 

The report relating to tbe West Boston and 
Craigie's bridges was accepted, and papers re- 
ferred to the Committee on Ordinances, in con- 
currence. 

The report of Committee 'of Conference of the 
Board of Aldermen and the action of the Board in 



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reflation to the Appropriation bill, were laid on the 
table. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time and passed : 

Order authorizing a French roof to he built on 
Hose House No. 6, at an estimated expense not 
exceeding two thousand dollars. 

Order for repairs and cleaning and furniture for 
City Hall, police station houses, engine bouses, 
and other public buildings. 

Order to pay Bobert L. Day two thousand five 
hundred dollars for estate .No. 11 Middlesex street, 
taken by the city. 

orders authorizing the erection of an engine 
and hose house on land purchased of S. E. Brown, 
on Tremont street, Ward 15, at a cost not exceed- 
ing twenty thousand dollars, and to transfer as a 
special appropriation therefor the sum of twenty 
thousand dollars, from the Appropaiation for Pav- 
ing. 

TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBKAUV. 

The report nominating Trustees at large of the 
Public Library was accepted, in concurrence, and 
the certificate of election of Directors was read, 
when the Council proceeded to an election. 
Messrs. Dickinson of Ward 11, Mullane of Ward 
13, and Kobertson of Ward 4 were appointed a 
committee to receive and count the votes, and re- 
ported the result as follows: 

Whole number of votes 57 

Necessary to a choice 29 

( tei age Putnam 50 

Weston Lewis 42 

Winslow Lewis 20 

Messrs. Putnam and Weston Lewis were de- 
clared to be elected, the latter named in non-con- 
currence. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND EEFEEEED. 

John Flint and others, owners of estates from 
No. 1 to 9 Union park and Shawnmt avenue, that 
the passageway iu the rear of their estates may be 
removed in a northeasterly direction twenty feet, 
to give them more yard room, and that its width 
may be increased from five to six feet. Referred 
to Committee on Public Lands. 

A communication from the Committee of the 
English High School, inviting the Council to join 
the procession of the graduates of that school on 
Tuesday next, was accepted. 

Stetson & Pope and others, in relation to 
locating a steam fire-engine on or near E street. 
Keferted to Committee on Fire Department. 

Mr Perkins of Ward 6 presented the remon- 
strance of A. M. Stetson & Co. and 40 others; 

Mr. Squires of Ward 8, the remonstrance of 
Spencer, Vila & Co. and 41 others; 

Mr. Bobbins of Ward 8, the remonstrance of 
Kidder, Peabody & Co. and 40 others; 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11, the remonstrance of LI. 
H. Coolidge, Alpheus Hardy, and 44 others; 

Mr. smith of Ward 10, the remonstrances of 
Bird, Pei kins and others; 

Mr. Nilesof Ward 'J, the remonstrances of J. B. 
Cummings and 44 others, James F. Edmauds & 
Co. and 41 others; 

Mr. Faxon of Ward 14, the remonstrance of 
James Davis and 14 others; 

Mr. Robertson of Ward 4, the remonstrance of 
Shepherd Uobbins and 30 others; 

Mr. Clatur of Ward 4, the remonstrances of Wm. 
P. Hunt and 34 others, Charles Wigglesworth and 
47 others ; 

Mr. Bobl ins of Ward 11, the remonstrance of 
Page, Harding & Co. and 42 others; 

severally against the abolition of tolls on the 
East Boston Ferries. 

Mr. L'erry of Ward 15, presentei the petitions of 
D. L. Gray, K. Bradshaw and 38 others; W. O. 
Halliday & Co. and 42 others; 

Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, the petitions of Daniel 
K. Kord and 41 others, Franklin Haven and 51 
others ; 

Mr. O'Connor of Ward 7, the petition of L. D. 
Gallison, Croshy, Morse & Foss and 41 others; 

Mr. Pease of Ward t, the petitions of Samuel 
Tilton and 45 others, John Graham and 40 others, 
George F. Simpson and 30 others; 

Mr. Vannevar of Ward 8, the petitions of John 
Keating and 34 others, Patrick II. Shiller and 31 
others, Thomas Glynn and 41 others; 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1, the petitions of Joseph 
Marshall and 72 others, E. P. Hamlin and 30 oth- 
ers, Daniel V. Foltz and 41 others. 

Mr. Novis of Ward 5, the petitions of Joseph A. 
Ve'azie ami 72 others, Frederick Schneider and 32 
others, .lames M alloy and :;7 others. 



Mr. Brooksof Ward 1, the petitions of Alexander 
Devme and 33 others, Joseph McAfee and :s'J oth- 
ers, .1 I-.. Elliott and 39 others. 

Mr. Moulton ot Ward 'J, the petition of Albert 
Bowker and 40 others ; 

Mr Ryan of Ward 13, the petition of Patrick C. 
Morton'and 39 others; 

Mr. Cunningham of Ward 1, the petition of Neil 
Kenney and 45 others. 

Mr. Devine ot Ward 15, the petitijn of John 
M. Parks and 30 othei s : 

Mr. Taylor ot A'ard 2. the petitions of George 
Griffin and 43 others: N. P. Kemp and 48 others; 

Mr. Pond of Ward 3, the petition of Edwin 
Giant and 42 others; E. II, Stephens and 42 others ; 

Mr. Smith of Ward 1, the petition of Paul Cur- 
tis and 78 others; W. C. Frost and 39 others; 

Severally, that the East Boston ferries be made 
free. 

severally referred to the Special Committee on 
East Boston Ferries. 

Mr. vVineh ot Ward 10 pre euted the petition of 
samuel D. Austin and 24 others of Ward 10, 
setting forth the difficulties of access to all the 
privileges ot the city and the belief that witu an 
annual appropriation of half a million of dollars, 
judiciously expended, free transportation would 
be afforded, and the value of real estate enhanced 
in the ward. 

Laiu on the table. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Sayward of Ward 16, from the Joint Stand- 
ing Committee on Public Buildings, who were di- 
rected to consider and repon whethei a new loca- 
tion would be desirable for Police Station No. Nine, 
and, if so, to select and recommend the purchase 
of a suitable site for the same, made the following 
report: 

Police District No. Nine extends from Shawmut 
avenue easterly to the old line of Dorchester, and 
from Northampton street southerly to the West 
Koxbury line. It contains 1026 acres of territory, 
aud a population of 2887 families and 14,862 inhab- 
itants. 

It contains within its limits the most densely 
populated portions of Wards 13 and 14, Ward l.i 
containing fully one-hall the population of the 
district. 

The present station is situated in the basement 
of the old Koxbury City Hall, ahout three-fourths 
of a mile from the centre of the district, and 
within the limits of Police District Tea. The rooms 
are small, inconvenient and badly arranged, it is 
impossible to assemble the whole force attached 
to the station in any one room, and the officers 
are obliged to go out of doors to get to their 
sleeping-rooms in another part of the building. 

The committee, atter carefully considering the 
subject, are unanimously of the opinion that a 
nevv station house is needed, and they have se- 
lected a lot of land on Dudley street, at the junc- 
tion of Mount Pleasant avenue and Forest street, 
as a site therefor. 

A station house erected on this lot would be al- 
most exactly in the centre of the district, on the 
main thoroughfare, and within easy distance of 
the most thickly-settled part of the district. Die 
committee would therefore respectfully recom- 
mend the passage of the following orders: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to purchase a lot of land on 
Dudley street, at the junction of Mount Pleasant 
avenue aud Forest street, and to erect thereon a 
police station house at a cost for land and build- 
ing not exceeding $34,000. 

ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee on 
Finance, the sum of $34,000, to be appropriated 
for the purchase of land and the erection of a po- 
lice station house for District No. Nine. 

A motion to suspend the rules for the passage of 
the orders was lost, not two-thirds voting therefor. 

Mr. Sayward, from the same committee, who 
were directed to advertise for proposals for a site 
for Engine House No. 15, made a report that they 
advertised as directed and received the following- 
proposals, viz.: Thos. Keyes, estate on Broadwav, 
hetweeu A street and Dorchester avenue, at $2 50 
per foot; Wm. Gallagher & Co., estate on Broad- 
wav, near Dorchester avenue, at $2 37 per foot ; 
L'riel Crocker, estate on Broadway and Federal 
street, at $2 25 per foot. Bead and accepted, aud 
leferred to the Committee on Fire Department. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motiou of Mr. Flanders of Ward 5, an order 
was passed to pay bills of the May draft of per- 



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sons directly or indirectly connected with the City 
Government. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 11 moved a suspension of the 
rules for the passage of the order to pay Eliza 
Cassell .£5300 and taxes for estate No. 33 Cherry 
street. Mr. Smith stated that the estate was taken 
for widening the street and Mrs. Cassell had bar- 
gained for an estate in Koxbury, and that unless 
she can get her in mey for this estate sne would 
lose her purchase, the parties not being willing to 
wait for ber. 

The rules were suspended and the order was 
passed. 

The following orders were read once : 

On motion of Mr. squires of Ward 8, 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to How- 
ell Watson, for estate in rear of estate Nos. 28 and 
30 Emerald street, formerly owned by Adeline L. 
Bairy, the sum of $1700, with interest thereon at 
the rate of six per centum per annum, from the 
1st of March until the payment, in consideration 
of his giving to the city a deed of said estate, and 
an acquittance or discharge satisfactory to the 
City Solicitor, for all damages, costs and expenses 
in consequence of the taking of said estate; said 
sum to be charged to the appropriation for Suffolk 
street District. 

Ordered, That there be allowed aud paid to the 
divisees under the will of Thomas S. Hunt, for 
estate No. 44 Orange street, the sum of $4000, in 
consideration of their giving to the city a deed of 
said estate and an acquittance or release satisfac- 
tory to the City Solicitor for all damages, costs 
and expenses in consequence of the taking of said 
estate ; said sum to be charged to the appropria- 
tion for Suffolk Street District. 

Mr. Brooks of Waru 1 offered an order, which 
was read once, authorizing the employment of 
such laborers as are required for the care and im- 
provement of the Common and public grounds, 
and the trees in the public streets, at an expense 
not exceeding $12,000 for expense of laborers ; team 
work at an expense of $2000; purchase of red grav- 
el etc., at an expense of 18000; So purchase seeds 
etc., at an expense of $6250 ; manure and sods not 
exceeding $500; tools, repairs etc., $1750; painting 
fences, $1600; watering streets around the Com- 
mon and public squares, $1000; to raise a portion 
of fence around Public Garden, $1000 — said ex- 
penditures to be charged to appropriation for 
Common and Public Grounds. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 moved that the clerk 
of the Special Committee on East Boston Ferries 
be directed to ascertain at the Assessor's office in 
relation to the petition of J. H. Flimer and others, 
what number of said petitioners pay taxes in the 
city of Boston and what amount of taxes are paid 
by them. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 raised a question of order 
that this was not a subject upon which the Council 
could act, it belonging to the Special Committee. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 stated that the petition 
having gone to the Special Committee, the Coun- 
cil could not act upon it until they all came back. 
All that he knew of the matter was that Mr. Flit- 
ner is a merchant. 

Mr. Dickinson said he did not design this as an 
order, as stated by the Chair, but simply as a mo- 
tion. He had been infor~aed that there were but 
four persons among the petitioners who were tax- 
payers, while it purported to come from tax- 
payers. He would like to know the facts in re- 
gard to the matter. 

The Chair stated that it was immaterial whether 
it was a motion or an order; it could go over and 
be acted upon in committee. 

The motion was withdrawn. 

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. 

Mr. Kobbins of Ward 8 moved to take from the 
table the order proviciiug for the appointment of a 
committee to make provision for the celebration 
of the Fourih of July. 

The motion was carried, and the order was read 
and ordered to a second reading. 

Mr. Kobbins moved to amend by substituting 
$25,000 for $20,000. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 11 said he hoped the amend- 
ment would not pass. There was a good ileal of 
talk last year on account of the amount of money 
expended for such celebration, and after a full 
consideration of the subject, the Couucil fixed the 
sum at $20,000. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said he found from the 
Auditor's teport for 1869-70 that it was but $22,000 
two years ago. 

Mr. Bobbins said he begged leave to differ from 



the gentleman from Ward 10 in relation to last 
year's appropriation ; it was fouud to be insuffi- 
cient lor the celebration, aud a certain amount 
was raised outside to make up the deficiency. The 
sum of $25,000 is as small as it is possible to get 
along with, even by an economical City Govern- 
ment, and would meet with the acceptance of the 
citizens 

Mr. Smith replied that he recollected very well 
about the matter of last year, and how the diffi- 
culty arose which had been spoken of. The com- 
mittee laid out in good faith the appropriations, 
which were believed to be sufficient, when a clamor 
was raised about a sailing race at south Boston 
Point and another class of prizes, and they ran 
short of money. This could have been avoided if 
it had been determined on in the first place, when 
less amounts could have been expended upon other 
objects provided for. He did not claim to be so 
patiutic as some persons, but stood here as an 
humble representative of the tax-payers to prevent 
a waste of the people's money. If any more was 
wanting, he was willing to contribute from his 
own means to make up the amount, but as a trus- 
tee of the people's money he could not vote tor 
any more than was appropriated last year. 

Mr. Kobbius said he remembered that the gen- 
tleman was very liberal in voting an increase of 
salaries. If the gentleman did not claim to be 
patriotic he did. and he remembered last year that 
in many things the provision was not sufficient, 
being obliged to provide bilge water for ice water. 
In years past the city had acted with fair liberali- 
ty, and $20,000 was expended when the city was 
much smaller. With reference to a certain mat- 
ter at South Boston, he had to say that he did not 
care anything about a sailing regatta and had 
never seen one, but provision was made so that 
every one should have his share in the celebration 
such as pleased him best. 

Mr. Perkins of Ward 6 said he was a new mem- 
ber in these things, but on looking over the Audi- 
tor's report he found that the cost of the celebra- 
tion last year was $22,623 40, including a charge of 
$600 for ferries and for velocipede races. These 
items struck out, the ferry not being a subject of 
appropriation, he did not see why the amount of 
$20,000 would not be sufficient. 

Mr. Smith, in reply to some remarks of Mr. Her- 
sey of Ward 12, relative to his charging the 
people of South Boston with being clamorous, 
said he did not charge it upon the people, but 
upon certain parties living; there. 

The motion to amend by making the appropria- 
tion $25,000 was carried, by a vote of 26 to 17. 

As amended, the order was lost, by a vote of 29 
to 21, as follows: 

Yeas— Ayer, Barnes, Bonner, Bradt, Burt, Clatur, 
Cunningham, Emery, Faxon, Flynn, Gragg, Her- 
sey, Hull, Locke, McDevitt, Moulton, Mullane, 
O'Connor, Perry, Pond, Kobbins, Roberts, Robert- 
son, Salmon, Smith, Taylor, Vannevar, Willis, 
Winch— 29. 

Nays— Adams, Barker, Bicknell, Brooks, Dick- 
inson, Dolan, Noyes, Patch. Pease, Perkins, Pres- 
cott, Robinson, Rowe, Ryan, Sayward, Smith, 
Squires, Stone, Webster, West, Woods— 21. 

Bicknell changed yes to no— Noyes changed ves 
to no. 

Mr. Mullane of Ward 13 moved to amend the ap- 
propriation by making it $22,800. 

The Chair stated that the motion was not in or- 
der. 

THE APPROPRIATION BILL. 

The Appropriation bill was taken up, together 
with the action of the Board of Aldermen through 
its Committee of Conference. 

Mr Dickinson of Ward 11, from the committee 
of the Common Council appointed to confer with 
such committee as the Board of Aldermen niighc 
appoint on the subject of the difference between 
the two branches, n relation to the funds for Con- 
tingent Expenses, made a report as follows: 

With a desire to harmonize the difference be- 
tween the two branches the committee proposed 
various amendments to the order as passed by 
the Board of Aldermen relating to the amount of 
the Contingent Fund for the Common Council, to 
ail of which proposed amendments the committee 
on the part of the Aldermen refused to accede. 

In oruer to remove all cause for difference, so far 
as this branch is concerned, the committee would 
recommend that the order be amended by fixing 
the amount of the Contingent Fund for the Com- 
mon Council at three thousand and twenty-four 
dollars, to be expended for such purposes as the 
Council may order. 



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The report was signc 1 by Messrs. Dickinson, 
Flynn iiKi Hull of the committee, and was accept- 
ed by the Council. 

Mr. Dickinson moved that the Council recede 
from its former action, which was carried. 

Mr. Dickinson said he desired to say a lew words 
in justification of the course of the committee. 
They met with the committee of the other branch 
with an earnest desire that every one of their dif- 
ferences should be healed up to the perfect satis- 
faction of all parties, and felt confident that they 
should reach such a result. They met with the 
committee day before yesterday and had a session 
for two or three hours. The propositions were aM 
made by the committee of the Council. The 
first that was made was that they would 
agree to an appropriation of ftiiOOO for a 
Contingent Fund for the Council, provided 
that SSI 024 should be expended for badges, if 
the Common Conncil by its vote should author- 
ize its expenditure. That was discussed but not 
accepted. It was then proposed that the sum of 
$1024 be fixed upon as a Contingent Fund, but that 
was not accepted. He hoped now and believed 
that this difficulty would be settled without 



trouble. Much should be yielded on both Bides, 
so that the officers of the city should not suffer, 
and ne felt that the Council was ready and willing 
to do its part in yielding all that should be re- 
quired. 

Mr. Dickinson proposed as an amendment that 
the Council recede from its vote of adherence of 
the 20th and its votes of the Kith instant, 
and concur in fixing upon a Contingent Fund 
for the Council, with an ainendnieut to make 
the amount S.';024,and that the total amount of tin- 
Contingent Fund shall be $£024, and that the 
appropriation for Incidentals shall be $90,976. 

The Chair stated, as 'he effect of the question, 
that the Contingent Fund would be $3000 tor the 
standing committees, §1500 each for the Mayor 
and Board of Aldermen, and $."024 for the Common 
Council, making the total $9024. and that the 
appropriation for Incidentals would be $90,976. 

The amendment was carried. 

A motion to reconsider the rejection of the 
Fourth of July order was withdrawn, on the sug- 
gestion that if lost it would leave the question in 
a bad situation. 

Adjourned. 












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CITY OF BOSTON, 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
A PHIL 28, 1871. 



&a adjourned meeting of the Board of Alder- 
men was held this afternoon, at one o'clock, Mayor 
(iaston presiding. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Undertaker— I. J. Sullivan. 

special Police Otiiceis, without pay — Jacob Todd, 
fcr Bird Street Station, Dorchester. 

Superintendent of Intelligence Offices — Harrison 
O. Heed. 

Superintendent of Fawn Brokers — Ebenezer 
Shute. 

Sealers of Weights and Measures— James \V. 
Lee, Charles K. W, Pratt, George F. Phillips. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Whipple & Co. for leave to build a wooden sta- 
ble tor eleven horses on Alger street. 

Wm. H. Floyd for leave to rebuild his stable at 
Commercial Point, for twenty horses. 

Tobias Kose, for leave to build a stable for two 
horses, in Ward 15. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Health. 

L. E. Hiitchings, for apportionment of Hanover 
street betterment. Keterred to Committee on 
Streets. 

Malaehi Clark, to be compensated for damages 
to his water lank by change of grade on Mt. Wash- 
ington Avenue Bridge. Referred to Committee 
oa Paving. 

ORDER OF NOTICE. 

James Skinner, for leave to erect and use a 
steam boiler and engine at corner of Dove and 
Dorchester streets. Hearing Monday, 15th May. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed: 

Order to appropriate $800 for lepairs on En- 
gine No. 15, to be charged to the appropriation 
for the Fire Department. 

Order authorizing the Chief Engineers of the 
Fire Department, under direction of the commit- 
tee, to purchase hose from time to time as may 
be needed, to be charged to the appropriation for 
the Fire Department. ' 

Order to repave Broadway from A to C streets 
with small granite blocks, at an estimated cost of 
$27,000. 

Order to pave a portion of Albany street, south 
of Dover street, with small granite blocks, at a 
cost of .$25,000. 

Order to repave a portion of Dorchester avenue, 
between Fourth street and the railroad bridge, at 
an estimated cost of $22,000. 

Order to set back the edgestones and pave the 
roadway and sidewalk of Harrison avenue, south 
of Dover street, to the line of widening the ave- 
nue, at an estimated cost of $500. 

Orders to give the names of ''Bragdon street" 
and "JN'otre Dame street" to streets through land 
of Stephen M. Allen and others, from Shawmut 
avenue to Ainory street, and from Codman avenue 
to Bragdon street. 

Keport and order for an additional appropriation 
of $11,000 lor Broadway Bridge. 

The committee state that under the contract 
with the Moseley Iron Building Works the struc- 
ture was to be built tor $331,708 76; extra work to 
the amount of $12,153 56 was ordered, which made 
the cost $343,862 32. On account of the failure of 
the Moseley Company, the completion of the work 
was thrown upon the city, and it appears that 
there has been expended $342,845 05, and that 
there will be required to complete the bridge, 
$10,682 41, being $9665 14 over and above the con- 
tract price. 

Order to pay James W. sivret $530, for Melville 
avenue damages. 

Order to pay John G. Calrow $122';, for Cliff street 
damages. 

Order to pay Blair, Proctor & skinner $737 41, 
for moving back building of J. VV. Seaverns, on 
Washington street, and to rescind order of Dec. 
27, 1870. 

Order to pay Salome Schlotterbeck $3200 for es- 
tate 93 Castle street, to be charged to Suffolk Street 
Appropriation. 



Order topav W. S. Dexter, trustee, S7797 50, for 
estate 83 Suffolk street, to be charged to appropri- 
ation for Suffolk street District. 

Order to pay B. F. Farley $4500 for estate 83 Mid- 
dlesex street, to be charged to appronriation lor 
Suffolk Street District. 

Order to convey to B. F. Farley, for $4000, estate 
:\o. 1 Hingham street. 

Orders to pay $200 for repairs of room in Wil- 
liams Hall occupied as headquarters of First Bat- 
talion Infantry, M. V. M., to be «ha ged to appro- 
priation for Armories; also to pay $300 for rent 
of said room occupied as headquarters. 

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL. 

The petitions of Johu Flint and others and of 
Stetson & Pope and others were referred in concur- 
rence. 

The report of Committee on Public Buildings on 
sites proposed for Engine No. 15. was referred to 
Committee on Fire Department, in concurrence. 

The order autboiizing the Chief Kngineer of the 
Fire Department to employ such additional assist- 
ance as may be necessary, and an Inspector of 
Wooden Buildings, was referred to Committee on 
Fire Department, in concurrence. 

The following orders were passed in concur- 
rence : 

Order authorizing the Committee on Public 
Buildings to supply necessary furniture and to 
make repairs and clearing as maybe needed on 
the City Hall, Police Station Houses, <&c. 

Orders, authorizing the erection of an Engine 
and Hose House on Tremont street, near Cab.it 
street, at an expenoe of $20,000, and for a transfer 
of an appropriation therefor. 

Order to pay Uoberr. L. Day, trustee, $2500 for 
estate Mo. 11 Middlesex street, to be charged to 
the appropriation fir Suffolk street District. 

Order to pay bills of persons directly or indi- 
rectly connected with the City Government. 

SALARY BILL. 

The Board concurred in the several amendments 
of the Common Council in relation to the Salary 
bill, in increasing the salaries of City Engineer, 
the Secretary of the Board of Engineers of the 
Fire Department and the street Commissioners. 

APPROPRIATION BILL. 

The Appropriation bill came up, with amend- 
ments to the Contingent Fund, making the sum 
for the Council $3024, and the total amount, $9024, 
with the Appropriation for Incidentals, $90,076. 

Alderman Jenkins moved that the Board of Al- 
dermen concur in the amendments of the Coun- 
cil. 

Alderman Cutter moved to amend by a motion 
to strike out the entire Contingent Fund. 

Alderman Gibson said he hoped this motion 
would uot prevail. There would be no harm in 
concurring,as they would now know how the money 
was to be expended, ana this would be better than 
the uncertainty of not knowing for what the 
money was to go. 

Alderman Cutter said he believed this fund 
would be a useless expenditure, simply to buy 
plavthtngs with. On the motion to aineud, he 
moved the yeas and nays. 

The motion to amend was lost, 2 to 10, as follows: 

Yeas — Cutter, Plumer. 

Nays— Cowdin, Gibson, Jenkins, Little, Pierce, 
Pope, Kicker, Talbot, White, Woollej. 

The question was then stated to be on concur- 
ring with the Council. 

Alderman Cowdin said it was plain enough from 
what had appeared from the first that the Council 
would get the pay for their badges. 

Aldernian Jenkins inquired how he knew. 

Alderman Cowdin replied that actions spoke 
louder than words. 

Alderman Gibson said he was satisfied with the 
operations, for yesterday they passed the amend- 
ment to make the fund of the Council $4000, and 
by the reduction they had made a handsome spec- 
ulation. This might lead to a more economical 
expenditure of money, and he hoped the Board 
would concur with the Council. 

The amendments of the Council were concurred 
in. 

TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. 

The election of one Trustee of the Public Li- 
brary was taken up, the Council having made 
choice of Weston Lewis in place of W'mslow 
Lewis. 

Weston Lewis \\ as unanimously chosen a Thi?- 
tee, in concurrence. 



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1871. 



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REPORT ON ADMISSION OF FEMALE STUDENTS TO 
THE CITY HOSPITAL. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on the 
City Hospital, to whom were referred the petitions 
of the Trustees of the Jiew England Female Med- 
ical College and others, that the students of said 
college be peimitted to participate in the clm- 
lcai instruction at the City Hospital, haying care- 
fully considered the subject, submit the following 
report : 

This application to the City Council is in the 
notice ot an appeal from a decision of the Board 
of Trustees or the City Hospital, first given in 1865, 
and reaffirmed in 1870, against the admission of 
female students to the privileges of that institu- 
tion. In order to understand properly the charac- 
ter of the application, and the position which the 
City Council occupies in relation to the subject, it 
is necessary to refer briefly to the statutes, ordi- 
naces and regulations under which the hospital 
was established and is at present governed. 

By chapter 113 of the acts of the year 1858, the 
city is authorized "to erect, establish and main- 
tain a hospital for the reception of persons who 
by misfortune or poverty may require relief dur- 
ing temporary sickness;" and the City Council 
has "power to make such ordinances, rules and reg- 
ulations as they may deem expedient for the ap- 
pointment of trustees and all other necessary offi- 
cers, agents and servants for managing said hos- 
pital." 

The ordinance relating to the hospital states 
that it is "established for the reception of those 
only who require temporary relief during sick- 
ness," and the Trustees are authorized to "make 
such rules and regulations for the management 
and government ot the patients and employes as 
they may deem proper and necessary ; subject, 
however, to the approval of the City Council." 

In the rules made by the Trustees, and approved 
by the City Council, it is provided that "students 
and other persons shall be admitted to the wards 
and amphitheatre ot the hospital, in such num- 
bers and with such restrictions as the Trustees 
may from time to time deem expedient." 

The purpose for which the hospital was estab- 
lished, as shown in the statutes and ordinances, 
precludes the claims of the petitioners, that the ad- 
mission of students is a right. It is simply a priv- 
ilege, to be granted only so far as it will not inter- 
fere with the real objects of the institution. 

The question, therefore, relates merely to the 
economy of the establishment, and this has been 
Placed wholly in the hands of the Trustees. Of 
course, it is competent for the City Council to in- 
struct the Trustees upon any matter of manage- 
ment or discipline, but unless a great and overrul- 
ing necessity can be shown, the administration of 
the Trustees ought not to be interfered with. If 



the City Council is dissatisfied with the manage- 
ment of the Trustees, the natural and proper rem- 
edy'to apply is the election of other persons. A 
majority of the Board is elected annually, and the 
Government has in that way, a sufficient opportu- 
nity to change the policy of the Board, if in its 
opinion the best interests of the institution should 
require a change. 

Therefore, without expressing any opinion upon 
the propriety or expediency of granting the prayer 
of the petitioners in this case, the committee 
would recommend that the whole subject be re- 
ferred to the Board of Trustees, believing that it 
may safely be committed to their judicious con- 
sideration. 

Laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Cowdin, from the Committee on 
Steam Engines, reported in favor of the petition 
of John Broderick for leave to set up and use a 
steam boiler in Clapp street, Ward 16. Accepted. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on Police, 
reported in favor of the confirmation of Thomas 
Weir and J. J McNamara to be sergeants of .Police, 
and thev were cofirmed. 

Aldrrman Gibson als j reported in favor of the 
confirmation of Curtis Trask as Sergeant of Police 
for Station Five. Confirmed. 

The nomination of Charles C. J. Spea^ as Ser- 
geant of Police was confirmed, under suspension 
of the rules. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported leave to withdraw on petition ot AI. 
J. Drummond to be paid for damages sustained 
by raising the grade of Castle street. Accepted. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman VVoolley, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances, in 
consultation with the Committee on Fuel, be re- 
quested to consider the expediency of appointing 
a Superintendent of the Fuel Department of this 
city, and if deemed expedient, to report an ordi- 
nance creating said office and defining the duties 
thereof. 

On motion of Aldermen Pierce, 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on Sixth 
and Foundry streets, between Fourth street and 
Dorchester avenue, to furnish edgestones to sup- 
port the sidewalk within twenty days. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to notify the owners and abutters on 
Worcester street, between Tremout street and 
Columbus avenue, to furnish edgestones to sup- 

Eort the sidewalk and to lay their sidewalk with 
rick within twenty days. 
Adjourned. 



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BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 1, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of the Board of Al- 
dermen was held this afternoon at four o'clock. 
Mayor (iaston presiding. 

I ROR8 DRAWN. 

six Grand Jurors were drawn for the United 
States Circuit Court, and fifteen Traverse Jurors 
were drawn for the superior Court for criminal 
business. 

APPOINTMENTS MADE AND CONFIRMED. 

Weighers of Coal— Henry E. Bovvden, Joseph T. 
Pluoaer, Timothy Daley. 

Weigher oi Coal and Measurer of Wood and Bark 
— James T. Goss. 

Special I'olice Officers, without pay — Bernard 
Harvey, for dutv at National Tube Works, East 
Boston; J. Stanley Underwood; for duty at East 
Boston, in connection with his office as pound- 
keeper; John B. Turtle, for duty on Taylor street, 
Neponsct. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Michael Cibhens, for leave to build a wooden 
stable for two horses, on Sumner street, between 
Cottage and Lainson streets. 

Page, Fifield & Co., for leave to erect a stable 
for forty or more horses, on Secoud street, near A 
street. 

Beniamin F. Reed, for leave to build a wooden 
Stable on Middle street, near Dorchester avenue. 

Win. Clark, for leave to occupy a building on 
Culvert street, near Tremont street, for a stable 
for twenty-eight horses. 

IV cu & Whittemore, for leave to build a stable 
for one hundred horses, on Berkeley street, near 
Appleton street. 

John Bradley and others, against the erection of 
a stable by B. F. Keed on Middle street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

B. Jones', to be paid for watering portions of 
Beacon and Arlington streets. Referred to Com- 
mittee on Common. 

G. F. Hunting & Leavitt, for license as auction- 
eers, So. 3 School street. Referred to Committee 
on Licenses. 

O. H. P. Smith and others, for the use of Fan- 
euil Hal) June 14, for the National Lancers. 

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, for 
use of Faneuii Hall on the first Monday in June 
next. 

Company K, Old Sixth Regiment, that the ex- 
pense tor use of Faneuii Hall April 1!) may be al- 
lowed and refunded to them. 

Mverally referred to Committee on Faneuii Hall. 

James Teevan and others, against the erection 
of a wooden building by Lamb& Lougee on Lenox 
street, in place of the one recently burned. Re- 
ferred to Committee on the Fire Department. 

Kosina Leukhardt, for an abatement of assess- 
ment lor a sewer in Eliot street. 

John a. Meyer and others, for a sewer m Pren- 
tiss street, between Tremont street and the rail- 
road crossing. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Sewers . 

Thomas V. Kichardson and others, that Dart- 
mouth street, from Beacon street to the railroad 
bridge, be put in order. Ueierred to Committee 
on Paving. 

John Carlton and others, for a modification of 
conditions of sale of lain: on West Canton street. 
Referred to Committee on Public Lands. 

Ancient and Honoraole Artillery Company, for 
use oi parade ground of Boston Common on first 
Monday of June next. Referred to Committee on 
Common on the part of this Board. 

QUARTERLY REPORT OK CITY REGISTRAR. 

The quarterly report of tin- City Registrar, for 
the quavti r ending April 30, gives as receipts for 
certificates ot intentions of marriage, Sin 50. 
which sum be has paid into the City treasury. 

Ordered to be sent down. 

■i ARTERLiY REPORT OF THE CITY CLERK. 

The City Clerk reports that he has received for 

the (punier ending April 29 the following sums, 
Viz. : 



For recording mortgages of personal property, 

liens, etc $53fi 40 

Licenses of billiard saloons % OH 

Licensee of auctioneers 18 00 

Licenses or intelligence offices » oo 

Sale ol old ballots b 10 

Total Sb64 sO 

All of which has been paid into the City Treas- 
ury. 
Ordered to be sent down. 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OK FANEUII HALL 
MARKET. 

The quarterly reporl of superintendent of Fan- 
euii Hall Market gives the receipts for the quar- 
ter ending April 30 as follows: 

(ash received for rent of stall? $10,396 SO 

cellars 5,385 00 

" permanent outside stands i;4 x 75 

" rent of stalls in new market 3,03 

" " cellars " " 1 J 

Fees for weighing at market scales 48 00 

Total §20,970 75 

All of which ua- paid into the City Treasury. 
Ordered to be placed on file. 

Qi ARTERLT REPORT <>I OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. 

The quarterly report of the Overseers of the 
Poor for the quarter ending April 00 gives the 
following statement: 

The receipts were as follows: 

Cash on hand, .Ian. 31, P71 $3,669 03 

Drafts on Citv Treasurer and requisitions for 

Temporary Home is.4b4 72 

Cash from cities and towns 5,300 In 

Cash from State for sick paupers, $HN9 25; 

burials, $1543 3,042 26 

Cash for burials 5 00 

Cash from city supplies for Temporary Home, 

to be accounted for 1C0 00 

835,561 19 
The expenditures were as follows: 

Amount paid for burials $581 75 

Paid cities and towns tor relief of Boston poor ^654 07 

" expenses City Temporary Home lb'bt 72 

" committee " " to pur- 
chase supplies 20i miii 

•• pensions and grants at office 3651 25 

" immediate relief of persons bavins no 

settlemeni 174 oo 

" forcoal 6482 47 

" for groceries 6063 60 

" salary of secretary 550 00 

" " bookkeeper 426 Oil 

clerks 312 20 

'• " visitors 905 on 

•' office expenses IbO :ti 

" transportation 22 55 

" account i) f Charity building, fuel, engi- 
neer, janitor, etc 1207 62 

24.251 78 
'' City Treasurer amount ree'd for Sta'e :jii42 25 

$.:7,2:'4 03 
Cash balance April 29 -S,f267 10 

. Ordered to be sent down. 

HEARINGS ON ORDERS OF NOTICE. 

The orders of notice on the proposed construc- 
tion Of sewers in Bennington Street between .Mar- 
ion and Brooks streets, in Lexington street from 
Putnam street to a point east of Prescott street, 
and in London street vvcstwardly lroin Marion 
street, were taken up. No person appeared in 
either case, and the several reports were recom- 
mitted. 

P N FINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and passed : 

Order that the Superintendent of Streets be di- 
rected to repave High sireet, between Federal 
street and High street place, with small granite 
blocks, at an estimated cost of S:;800. 

Order that the Superintendent of Streets be 
directed to rave Sixth ami Foundry streets, be- 
tween Fourth street and Dorchester avenue, with ■ 
round stone, at an estimated cost of $600. 

Order tb it there be paid to Thomas Haney the 
sum of $600, in lull compensation for all damages 
caused to bis leasehold estate Mos. 127 and 137 
Dorchester avenue, by the raising of the grade of 
said avenue by order of September 21, 1869; said 
sum to be charged to the appropriation for Broad- 
way Kx tension. 

Order that there be paid to James Scales the 
sum of $1500, in full compensation for all damages 
caused to Ids estate Nos. 71 to 79 (inclusive) M 
Canton street, by the raising of the grade ol said 



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street, by order of July 26,1870. including; damages 
tu those holding leases under him; said sum to be 
Charged to the appropriation for Canton Street 
Grading. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Gibson, from the Committee on the 
Market, reported in favor of a transfer of a lease 
of Stall No. 17, New Foneail Hall Market, from E. 
L. Goodwin to (;. M. Seated. Accepted. 

Alderman Fierce, from the Joint Standing Com- 
mittee on Water, to whom was referred the peti- 
tion of (bickering & Sons and others for permis- 
sion to take water from rhe Jamaica fond Aque- 
dtuJt Company, made a report recommending that 
the petitioners have leave to withdraw. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the same committee, re- 
ported leave to withdraw on petition of S. C. 
Timing: and others, and of C. K. Dillaway and 
others, that the city would purchase additional 
land fn enlarge Highland park. Accepted. 

Able; man Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported in favor of granting the petitions of W. 
Carey lor leave to erect a stable for forty-two 
horses at tin' e.irner of Cross and Fulton streets, 
and oi, petition of Richard Carroll, for leave to 
build a wooden stable on Morni courr,, upon con- 
dition of its being to the satisfaction of the Com- 
mittee and Superintendent ol Health in regard to 
drainage and ventilation; also, leave to withdraw, 
on remonstrance of Henrietta Libbey and others, 
that a nuisance caused by the erection of a stable 
by A. H. Wilson on Fifth street, be abated. Sev- 
erally accepted. 

Alderman White, from the Committee on Li- 
censes, reported in favor of licenses, as follows: 
F. W. <i. May, for leave to have a Children's Fes- 
tival al Lyceum nail,. Dorchester; George T. Til- 
den, to give a concert at Dorchester .May 1 ; Thos. 
F. Temple, to give an entertainment "at Woods 
Hall, Neponset, May 3; also licenses to G. F. 
Hunting & Leavitt and George Abbott, as auc- 
tioneers; to seven newsboys and two pedlers ; 
and to sundry persons as victuallers and innhold- 
ers, to keep intelligence offices and for sale of sec- 
ond-hand ariieles.Unllianl saloons, wagon licenses 
and for transfer of hack and wagon licenses. Sev- 
e rally accepted. 

Alderman 1'ope, from the Joint Standing Coin- 
mictee on I'ublic Lands, made a report represent- 
in- that the city of Boston sold by public auction 
in June, [869, sixteen lots of laud on Fast Newton 
street, between Harrison avenue and Albany 
street. The papers were passed, and the first 
instalment on each of the bonds paid with the 
exception ot Nos. 9 and 10, the party who bid them 
off refusing to take the papers for said lots. Mr. 
Calvin Swallow was the purchaser of lots 7, 8, 15 
and 1G, ami wanting- to commence the erection of 
four houses this month, he prefers to have them 
all together, and therefore requests that he may 
be permicted to give up lots 15 and 16, and take 
lot! 9 and 10, which will require that the present 
bonds and agreements should be cancelled and 
new ones given for lots 9 and 10. 

Fhe committee, believing- that the interests of 
the city would be promoted bv such change, would 
recommend the passage of the accompanying or- 
der: 

ordered. That the Treasurer be and he hereby is 
authorized to cancel the bonds numbering 2340 
and 2342, as received by him for land on Fast New- 
Ton stuvt. between Harrison avenue and Albany 
street, upon the surrendering of the agreements 
given by the city to convey said land, and that the 
Superintendent of i'ublic Lauds be dtiected to 
issue agreements for lots numbering 9 and 10 on 
Bast Newton street, upon receiving bonds for said 
lots m the sum of $1887 CO each, the amounts paid 
on bonds which are cancelled, to be transferred to 
the i Mimls lor lots numbering 9 and 10. 

The report was accepted, and the order was 
passed. 

ORDERS PASSED. 

On motion of Alderman Pope, 

Ordered. That the sum of $22 28, assessed upon 
James W . Twombly for a sewer in Margaret street, 
is hereby abated, and the same amount assessed 
upon John F. Bassett. 

Also, that the sum of $ 33 60, assessed upon Fd- 
w nd H . < Nii.b lor a sewer in Columbus avenue, is 
hereby abated. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of 'ewers be 
directed to construct a common sewer in Blue Hill 
avenue, between Moreland and Stafford streets 
and report a schei ule of the expense to this Board 
pursuant to law. 

On motion of Alderman Jenkir.s, 



Ordered That there be naid to John Mulloy the 
sum of $19 75, for land taken and all damages oc- 
casioned by the widening of Dorchester street, by 
a resolve of June 9, 1868; to be charged to the Ap- 
propriation for Unliquidated Street Claims. 

Ordered, That there be paid to George S. Wins- 
low the sum of $300. for land taken in the names 
of William C. Merria'm and Henry E. Nesmith, and 
all damages occasioned by the widening of Eliot 
street, by a resolve of December 16, 1859; to be 
charged to the appropriation for Unliquidated 
Street Claims. 

ordered, That there be naid to Joseph Hay the 
sum of $300, for land taken and all damages occa- 
sioned by the widening of Eliot street, by a resolve 
of December 16, 1859; to be charged to the appro- 
priation for Unliquidated Street Claims. 

Ordered, That the City Clerk be directed to cer- 
tify to the City Treasurer that The betterments as- 
sessed upon the following estates have been as- 
sumed by the city in the settlements of damages 
with the owners of those estates, and are there- 
fore not subject to collection by hiin, viz : Joseph 
H. Glover, High street: Jos. G. Russell, Hannah 
Bradford, heirs Isaac Packard, Matthews street; 
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 
Avon§ place ; First National Bank, Peleg W. 
Chandler, Devonshire street; Samuel A. Way, 
Federal street; John H. Dix, Lemuel Shaw, heirs 
Kuel Baker, C. U. Cutting, Warren W. Page, on 
Tremont street. 

Ordered, That the City Clerk be directed to cer- 
tify to the City Treasurer that the assessments of 
betterments charged upon the following estates 
on the westerly side of Tremont street, and with- 
in the Church Street District, were paid when 
these estates were so conveyed to their owners 
by the city; aud that they are therefore not sub- 
ject to collection by him, Viz . : Francis C. Lowell, 
heirs of W m. C. Martin, Charles H. Bacon, Moses 
Chase, heirs of E. Prescott, Charles H. Bacon, 
Stephen B. Cram, Lucy Van Derlip, Mary E. 
Brown, Bobert H. Eddy, Emily Holmes, heirs 
Mary C. Cummings, .Mary F. Darling, Chas. K. 
Darling, Ellen C. Shattiick, Newman S. Wax, 
Francis C. Lowed, Mary V. Randall, David Cobb, 
John Blackie. Francis Staudish. Chas. A. Bodge, 
John D. Dunbar. 

Whereas, The city of Boston has sold by public- 
auction a portion of the building belonging to Win. 
F Weld, standing over the line of widening of 
High street, at the corner ot 1'earl street, the same 
to be removed within thirty days from the time of 
sale, April 15, 1871 ; and whereas, in the opinion of 
this Board the remaining portion of said Weld's 
building is dangerous to tne public, if left stand- 
ing; it is therefore hereby 

Ordered, That fhe owner of said remaining por- 
tion of said building be and he hereby is directed 
to take down said portion of said building so re- 
maiuing, within ten days from the date hereof; 
and upon his refusal or neglect so to do, the Com- 
mittee on Streets oi the Board of Aldermen are 
directed to enter upon said estate and take down 
said portion of said building at the expense of the 
said owner. 

tin motion of Alderman Kicker. 

Ordered, That fhe Committee on Lamps be and 
they are hereby authorized to contract for repair- 
ing the street lanterns of the city of Boston, at an 
expense not to exceed $1500; the cost of the same 
to be charged to the appropriation for tho Lamp 
Department. 

Alderman Ricker, in reply to inquiries, stated 
that this was the lowest bid of a number re- 
ceived for a contract for such repairs. 

BATHING ACCOMMODATIONS. 

On motion of Alderman Woolley, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Bathing be 
authorized, to construct two new bathing-houses, 
one at the foot of Maverick street, Fast Boston, 
and the other at the foot of Broadway, south Bos- 
ton, at an expense not exceeding $6000 for both; 
said sum to be charged to the appropriation for 
i'ublic Baths. 

Ordered, That die Committee on Bathing be au- 
thorized to repair and maintain free public bathing- 
houses for men and boys, women and girls, in dif- 
ferent sections of the ci'y, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $18,000; also to employ such assistance as 
may be required for the proper care and manage- 
ment of the several bathing establishments, at an 
expense not exceeding $13,000 — all the expendi- 
tures herein authorized to be charged to the ap- 
propriation for Public Baths. 

On motion of Alderman Little, 

An order was passed for abatement of nuisances 



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on Hanover and Eliot streets and on uotnrop place. 

On motion of Alderman Gibson, 

The vote continuing the appointments of Sealers 
of Weights and .Measures, at the Inst meeting; of 
the Board, was reconsidered, when the appoint- 
ments were referred to the Committee on Markets, 
Weights and Measures. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion oi Alderman 1'ope, 

Order authorizing the Cocbituate Water Board 
to relay water pipes in the Suffolk Street District, 
to be charged to the appropriation for that, district. 

Order authorizing the Superintendent of Streets 
to relay edgestones, repave streets, etc., in the 
Suffolk Street District, to be charged to the appro- 
priation for t&at district. 

On motion of Alderman Fierce, 

Order directing the Superintendent of Streets to 
set the edgestoues ana pave the gutters on the 
southerly side of Beacon street, between the cross 
dam and Brookline avenue, build the culverts and 
cesspools for surface drainage, erect suitable 
fences where necessary lor public safety and on 
the seawall on each side of said street, and put 
the roadway in good condition for travel from 
Dartmouth street to the Brookline line; the ex- 
pense, not exceeding $20,000, to be charged to the 
appropriation for Paving. 

Order to reset edgestoues on Pinckney street, 
between Joy and Anderson streets, reuave the 
gutters with small granite blocks, and Macadam- 



ize the roadwav of said street, at an estimated 
cost of $4008. 

tin motion of Alderman Jenkins, 

Order, authorizing the expenditure of not ex- 
ceeding S1U00 in addition CO amount already au- 
thorized, tor suitable rooms with necessary turn i- 
ture and fixtures for the accommodation of even- 
ing drawing-schools; the expensejto be charged to 
Appropriation for School Houses. 

Order to pay Isabella Gill .V4000, for land and 
grade damages occasioned by the extension of 
Harrison avenue, to be charged to Harrison Ave- 
nue Extension Loan. 

Order to pay Joseph L. Drew $58o5, for land taken 
aud all damages occasioned by the extension of 
Shawmut avenue; to be charged to tin Shawinut 
Avenue Extension Loan. 

Alderman Woolley, from the Committee on Fire 
Alarms, on the petition that a fire-alarm bell be 
placed on the house of Hose Company No. >>. East 
Boston, made a report that they are of opinion 
that the prayer of the petitioners ought to be 
granted. They recommend the passage of an order, 
as follows : 

Order authorizing the Superintendent of Public 
Buildings, under direction of the committee on 
that department, to erect a bell-tower on House 
House No. 6, East Boston, at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $1200; to be charged to the appropriation 
for Public Buildings. 

The order was read once. 

Adjourned. 



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CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of tlie Common Council, 

MAY 4, 1871. 



The regular weekly meeting of tlie Common 
Council was held this evening at iy 2 o'clock, Mat- 
thias Rich, the President, in the chair. 

PAPERS FROM THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN. 

The petitions of the Ancient and nonviable 
Artille«y Coinuany, of B. Jones, and John Carlton 
and others, were severally referred, in concur- 
rcncc 

The quarterly reports of the City Clerk, Ciry 
Registrar, and of the Overseers of the Poor, were 
severally ordered to he placed on hie. 

The followiug reports were severally accepted: 

Report (leave to withdraw) on the petition of 
Chickering & Sons and others, for leave to take 
water from the Jamaica Pond Aqueduct Coinuany . 

Report (leave to withdraw) on the petition of S. 
C. Ttiwing and others, and C. K. Dillaway and 
others, for the city to purchase land for the en- 
largement of Highland park. 

Tue following orders were severally read once: 

Order for the construction of a bathing-house 
at the foot of Maverick street, East Boston, and 
another at the foot of Broadway, South Boston, at 
a cost of not more than .¥6000 for both. 

Order ior the maintenance and repair of the free 
puolic bathing-houses in the different sections of 
the city, at an expense not exceeding 118.000; and 
to employ such assistance as may be necessary, at 
a cost of not more than $13,000. 

Order authorizing the Committee on the Suffolk 
Street District to convey to B. E 1 . Farley the estate 
No. 1 Hingham street, for $4000, subject to such 
conditions as the committee may deem expedient. 

Order to allow Wm. S. Dexter, trustee, $7797 50, 
with interest from last October till paid, for estate 
taken at No. 83 Suffolk street. 

Order to allow B. F. Farley $4500, for estate taken 
at No. 83 Middlesex street. 

Oroer to allow Salome Schlotterbeck $3200, for 
estate taken at No. 93 Castle street. 

Order that $809 89 be appropriated to pay for re- 
pairs of Steam Fire Engine No. 15. 

Order for the purchase from time to time, as 
needed, of 10,000 feet of ne <v hose. 

» irder for Committee on Ordinances, in consulta- 
tion with Committee on Fuel, to consider the ex- 
pediency of appointing a Superintendent ot the 
Fuel Department, and, if deemed expedient, to re- 
port an ordinance on the subject, was concurred 
in. 

the report and order to cancel bonds numbered 
2340 and 2342 for land on East Newton street, on 
conditions set forth in said order, were read twice 
and ps ssed. 

On the order to allow $300 per annum for rent of 
mom in Wil'iauis Hall, used as headquarters of 
First Battalion of Infantry M. V. M., and order to 
allow $200 for repairs of the room in Williams 
Hall, accepted as the headquarters of the First 
Battalion M.V, M., 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 said he was not aware that 
they had been in the hands of any committee, and 
moved their reference to the Committee ou Armo- 
ries, which was carried. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were severally read a sec- 
ond time, and passed : 

Order co allow Howell Matson $1700 and interest 
from March 1, for estate taken in rear of estates 
numbered 28 and 30 Emerald street. 

Order to allow the devisees under the will of 
Thomas S. Hunt $4000, for estate taken No. 44 
Orange street. 

APPROPRIATIONS FOR DECORATION DAV. 

The order to pay the commanders of the posts of 
the Grand Army of the Republic, in Boston, $100 
each, to be expended in decorating the graves of 
Union soldiers, in accordance with an annual cus- 
tom, was considered. 

Mr. Gragg of Ward 14 moved to amend by sub- 
stituting $300 for $100. In support of the motion 
he said experience had proved that this annual 
ceremonv had come to be of much public inteiest, 
and experience also had proved that it was an ex- 
pensive one for returned soldiers. The purchase 
of flowers was the principal expense, for in this 



climate flowers are not so abundant at this time of 
the year as they are m milder latitudes, and the sol- 
diers are required to put their hands into their 
pockets to meet the demand, which they cannot 
well afford. So well has it come to be understood 
that so small sums are not sufficient, that some of 
the smaller towns have appropriated from $200 to 
$400 for the L urpose, and in Charlestown $500 has 
been appropriated. The aggregate sum of $3000 
cannot be too much wuen the city expends $20,000 
to $25,000 for the ceiebration of the Fourth of July. 
The motion to amend was lost, when the order 
was passed. 

Mr. Kobbmsof Wards subsequently moved to 
reconsider the passage of the order, for the pur- 
pose of proposing another amendment. Although 
not a military man, he thought that $200 was little 
enough for each post, and should the reconsidera- 
tion prevail, he should move such an amendment. 
Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said theit was danger of 
running this thing into the ground, tor last year 
the appropriation was $700,no»v increased to $1000 
by the additional posts, and there was no telling 
to what extent they may go in increasing the 
number of posts. The only proper way, m his 
view, of meeting this expense was tiy private sub- 
seriptons. 

Mr. Hersey of Ward 12 inquired what amount of 
expense was incurred beyond the $100 appropri- 
ated by the city, believing it must be much more 
than this appropriation. 

Mr. Barnes of Ward 1 stated in reply that $100 
did not cover the expense, and there was a differ- 
ence in the cost in several localities, much more 
being expended for decorations at Mount Auburn 
than at vvoodlawn Cemetery. In his own post, 
$100 was not enodgh, and while they felt giateful 
for this appropriation by the city, it was found in 
his vicinity that the cost was noi less than $300. 
At East Boston they were obliged to buy all the 
flowers, while in some portions of the city a large 
portion of them were presents. It would not be 
considered out of place stiould the appropriation 
be made $200. A much larger amount could be 
expended without being other than economical in 
the disposal of the flowers. It was desirable to 
make a reasonable show, without being extravi- 
gant. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 said that when the appro- 
priation was first made of $100 to each Post, it 
appeared ;o be satisfactory. There had been two 
more Posts orgauized, to lie provided for, and 
there had been no petitions for an increase in tue 
amount. 

Mr. Stone of Ward 5 said the whole custom ap- 
peared to be to make a show, and in doing so it 
was making a show on other people's money — iu 
this case the city's money. He should be in favor 
of repealing the whole appropriation. 

Mr. Hersey of Ward 12 urged that it would be 
showing the sympathy of tbe citizens by the a:>- 
piopriation, and not that of the soldiers alone, 
and this could be as well done in this manner as 
to expend large sums of monej for the celebration 
of the Fourth of July. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 suggested that if a recon- 
sideration prevailed, and the proposed amend- 
ment was made, it would be making the appropri- 
ation nearly treble the amount ol last year, with 
the increase in the number of posts. 

Air. ijragg of Ward 14 explained as to the in- 
crease in tlie number of the posts, that one hid 
been added by tbe annexation of Dorchester, anil 
another by the division of a large post. There 
was no probability of a further increase except by 
annexation, of territory to this city. 

Mr. Hobinson of Ward 11 said he believed the 
best way of showing spmpathy was by putting 
their hands into their own pockets, instead of vot- 
ing away the money of others. 

Mr. Roberts of Ward 11, in reference to a re- 
mark that there was no increase of expense from 
ye.ir to year, said that there were deaths of mem- 
bers eveiv year, three having occurred in his own 
post, which increased the number of graves to be 
decorated. 

.ur. O'Connor of Wand 7 moved the previous 
question, which wa sordered — 18 to II. 

The reconsideration was carried by a vote of 28 
to 20. 

Mr. Patch of Ward 11 moved to substitute $200 
for $100. 

Mr. Dickinson of Ward 11 moved to amend by 
making the amount $150. 

Mr. stone of Ward 5 moved to lay the order on 
the table, which was lost. 

Mr. Emery of Ward 10 said he was surprised at 
the call for an additional sum, and related that in 
a conversation last week with a gentleman prom- 



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inent In this movement, he expressed himself as 
perfectly satisti 'd with $100 to each post, and 
wished to know whether if would be likely to be 
voted. 

Air. Aloulton of Ward 9 wished to know who this 
person was; for, if reliable, he would not vote for 
an increase. 

Air. Emery replied that he would give the name 
if he would call at his office. 

Air. Barnes said some of the statements referred 
to him. He had been asked if the sum of $100 
would be sufficient for the whole expense, and ti is 
reply was that it would not. The action in other 
cities showed that it was not found to he sufficient, 
as in Cbarlestown and Chelsea. His own post 
decorated with that of Chelsea, which had pro- 
vided for it an appropriation of #300. 

Air. Mnith of Ward 1 said he did not believe any 
expenditure could be made better than this. Is 
was desirable that thejeustom should be continued, 
that the rising generation should be taught in 
what regard those were held who sacrificed their 
lives for their country, so that should another war 
occur, there would not be wanting a similar spirit 
of patriotism. 

Air. Dickinson of Ward 11 did not think the 
question of the amount of money was of much 
consideration, 111 view of the object designed, yet 
regard should be had to prudence and economy in 
the xpenditures of public money. If it was true 
that the cost to each post was $000, he thought the 
citj might well pay one-half of the expense. It 
was desirable that all classes should take an in- 
terest in the occasion, and that it should be our 
day and not the day of the soldier only. 

Mr. l'erkins of Ward 6 said in regard to its being 
our day, it was a cheap way of making it so by 
voting away other people's money. If it had not 
been adopted heretofore, he should be opposed to 
voting $109; Asa matter of principle, it was a 
private duty, and should be performed as such. In 
a conversation with a prominent member of the 
Grand Army of the Republic recently, that gen- 
tleman said it was a great mistake to come to the 
city tor appropriations, and it only added to ex- 
travagance in expenditures. The simpler such 
observances were, the better, and the giving of 
more money by the city lessened the influences of 
the day. Let the citizens contribute what may be 
needed, and he was ready to give more than what 
his amount rf the tax that might be imposed. 

Air. Aloulton of Ward 9 said he was surprised at 
the course of some of the gentlemen on the other 
side; while as a Democrat, and Jsomerime stigma- 
tized as a Copperhead, he was ready to vote for 
more than $200 if necessary. 

Mr. Smith of Ward I said if the city paid the 
whole amount it vvculd be better than as it is now. 
With the payment by the city, every man, woman 
and child would have an equal iuterest in it. 

Mr. Stone doubted the policy of making such 
appropriations, tor the Baptists, Methodists, Odd 
Fellows or Alasons might with an equril claim call 
upon the city lor means to decorate the graves of 
their dead. 

Air. Vannevar of Ward 8 moved the previous 
question, which was carried. 

The question was stated as being on the substi- 
tution of $'200 for $100, the larger sum first, and if 
this was lost, the motion would be put on making 
the amount $150. 

The motion was carried to make it $200, by a 
vote of 25 to 23, as follows: 

Yeas— Barues, Bradt, Brown, Burt, Cunning- 
ham, Faxon, Gragg, llersey, Hull, Locke, Moul- 
ton, Alullane, Noyes, Patch, Ferry, Prescott, Kob- 
bms, Koberts, Robertson, Salmon, Saywyrd, J. 
Smith. Vannevar, Willis, Woods— 25. 

>y avs _ Adams, Barker, Bickford, Bicknell, 
Brooks, Clatur, Dickinson, Dolan, Emery, Flan- 
ders, Fljnn, Jacobs, Kendall, bong, .Vic Devi tt, 
Niles, O'Connor, Perkins, Robinson, Kowe, W. J. 
Smith, Stone. Webster— 23. 

As amended the order was passed— 24 to 23. 

The fallowing orders were also passed: 

Order for the Superintendent of the Common to 
employ such laborers as may be required for the 
care of the Common, and at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $12,000 for said laborers; to hire team 
work at not exceeding $2000; to purchase red 
gravel and concrete at not exceeding $8000; to 
purchase seeds, trees, etc., at not exceeding .^HioO; 
to purchase manure and sods at not exceeding 
$2500; to purchase tools, repair fountains, etc., at 
not exceeding $1750; to paint the fences around 
(amnion, etc., at not exceeding $lii00; to water 
the streets around certain portions of the Com- 
mon, etc., at not exceeding $1000; and to raise a 



portion of the fence around the Public Garden, at 
an expense not exceeding $1000. 

Orders for the purchase of land on Dudley 
street, and erection thereon of a I'olice station 
House, and for a loan of $34,000, to be appropri- 
ated therefor. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AM) UEFERKEO. 

George Yabsley, for compensation for injuries in 
West Cedar street. 

James .Monroe, for compensation for damages 
to a cairiage by au aliened defect in Washington 
street. 

Severally referred to Committee on Claims. 

Alcssrs. Aloulton of Ward 9, Jacobs of Ward .". 
Noyes of Ward"), Long id Ward 8, Brooks ami 
Smith of 'V'ard 1, Alullane of Ward 13, Say ward of 
Ward 16, and Gragg of Ward 14 each presented 
petitious in favor of making the East Boston Fe - 
ries free. 

Severally referred to the special committee on 
the subject ot free terries. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Mr. Alullane of Ward 13, from the Joint Standing 
Committee on the I'ublic Library, who were m- 
s'ructed to consider the expediency of establish- 
ing branches of the Public Library in South Bos- 
ton and Hoxbury, made a report recommending 
that the subject oe referred to the Trustees of the 
I'ublic Library. 

The report was accepted, and subject so re- 
ferred. 

Air. Dickinson of Ward 11, from the Committee 
on Ordinances, to whom was referred the onier 
relating to transfers from one appropriation to 
another, and to expenditures from the appropria- 
tion for Incidentals, exceedicg in amount the sum 
of $5000, maiJe a report recommending th^ pas- 
sage of the order in a new draft, as follows: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Ordinances 
prepare and report an ordinance to provide that 
no part of an appropriation for carrying on any de- 
partment of the City Government shall be divert- 
ed to any other purpose thau that contemplated 
when the appropriation was maae, unless two- 
thirds of the members of each branch of the City 
Council present shall vote in the affirmative, by a 
vote taken by yea aud nay; and that no expendit- 
ure exceeding $5000 in amount shall be charged 
to the appropriation for Incidentals, unless two- 
thirds of the members of each branch of the City 
Council present shall vote in the affirmative, by 
vote taken by yea and nay. 

Air. Hull of Ward 4 said it appeared as though 
that order was proposed for a special purpose, and 
for the purpose of its thorough consideration he 
moved that it be laid on the table and printed. 
Carried. 

Air. Flanders of Ward 5, Trom the Committee on 
the Fire Department, to whom was referred the 
order of the Chief Engineer of the Fire Depart- 
ment, authorizing him to employ additional assist- 
ance in the department and an Inspector of 
Wooden buildings, made a report that the order 
ought to pass. The report was accepted, and the 
outer was passed. 

Air. Flanders, from the same committee, to 
whom was referred the report of the Committee 
on Public Buildings in relation to a site for Engine 
House No. 4, made a report that having considers i 
the subject, they recommend the passage of the 
accompanying orders: 

Ordered, Tnat tne Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to purchase the estate owned 
by John P. Ober, numbered 43 Howard street, lor 
a sum not exceeding $25,000, to be used for the 
purposes of an Engine House for Steam Eugine 
No. 4. 

Ordered. That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, under the direction of the Committee ou 
Finance, the sum of $25,000. to be applied to the 
purchase of a site for au eugine house on Howard 
street. 

The report and orders were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Public, Buildings. 

LOCATION OF ENGINE NO. FIFTEEN. 

Mr. Flanders, for the same committee, to whom 
was referred the report of the Committee on Pub- 
lic Buildings in relation toasite for Engine House 
No. 16, having carefully considered the subject, 
recommended the passage of ths accompanying 
orders: 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings be authorized to purchase a lot of land owned 
by I'hos. Keves, on Broadway, between A street 
aiid Dorchester avenue, for a sum not exceeding 



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¥2 3a per square foot— said lot to be vised as a site 
for Engin, House No. 15. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be authorized to 
borrow, a dor the direction of the Committee ou 
finance,; sum not exceeding §8000, to be applied 
to the purchase of a site for . ngine House Ni>. 15. 

Mr. Flanders moved a reference of the leport 
ami orders to the Committee ou Public Builoings, 
which w.is carried. 

Mr. Hersey oi Ward 12 inquired if th3 orders 
would come up again for the action of the Council. 

The Chair stated that they would come up agai n 
on the report of the Committee on Public Build- 
ings, when they might be rejected or passed. 

Mr. Hersey said he was not satisfied with the 
position of the orders, as stated, and moved a re- 
consideration of the reference. 

Mr. Flanaers asked for reasons for the reconsid- 
eration. 

Mr. Hersey replied that he found himself in an 
error in regard to the reierence, which did dis- 
pose of the orders without the action of the Coun- 
cil. 

Air. Flanders said the committee to whom the 
orders were referred may reject them or report 
any others they may choose. This was merely a 
matter of reference. 

Mr. Say ward of Ward 16 did uot so understand 
the reference, and inquired whether it did not in- 
struct that committee to nurchase land for this 
engine house. 

Mr. Flanders replied that it did not bind them 
to any such course. 

The order was read, as "authorizing the commit- 
tee to purchase," etc. 

Mr, Sayward said the order sustained his view 
and authorized the purchase and nothing else, and 
Air. Hersey was of like opinion. 

Mr. Flynn of Ward 7 said he so understood the 
order, and that was just what the people of that 
section of the city wanted. The subject had been 
referred to bath committees, who were m favor of 
the proposed locality, and he hoped they would be 
adopted and settle a difficulty of long standing in 
relation to the location of the engine house. 

The motion to reconsider was carried. 

Mr. Hersey said he did not expect to accomplish 
much by speaking upon the subject, for he sup- 
posed the order would be passed; yet he wished to 
enter his protest against the proposed location, 
which should be in another locality, in the vicini- 
ty of K .-.treet, where it is much more needed, and 
where there is a large amount of combustible 
property. Iu the recent conflagration on First 
street, it was the opinion of the Chief Engineer 
of the Fire Department that but for the" very 
heavy rain that tire would have oeen very dis- 
astrous. It was feared that ere long such a dis- 
aster would occur, through want of proper facili- 
ties to extinguish tires, and it was in contempla- 
tion by the citizens to place a hose-carriage in 
that vicinity for the protection of their property. 

Mr. Flanders said he had no doubt the gentle- 
man fiom Ward f2 would like t« have the engine 
located close by bis shop. The people over there 
had been quarrelling about this matter for two 
years, and ou its leference to the Committee on 
i'ubhc Buildings, they advertised for proposals 
for sites, and the Committee on Fire Department 
were unanimously in favor of this location. The 
lot was purchased ten years ago for sfl 2.3 tier foot 
and was now offered at S2. oil. The Committee on 
Fire Department did not care particularly about 
the location, and it would not make one minute 
and a half difference between that locality and 
where the gentleman from Ward 12 wishes it. In 
relation to the fire spoken of by the gentleman, 
the engine as it is now located did not get up 
steam until it bad been at the fire ten minutes. 
He hoped some action would betaken before long, 
or that the engine would be taken to Ward 11. 

Mr. Hersey said the committee were confined by 
the order as to the locality : else, had it included 
the vicinity of E or F street, there would have been 
numerous offers at a lower rate. 

Mr. Moulton of Ward 9 said the committee had 
several hearings on the subject, and believed this 
was the most suitable location. Should it be pur- 
chased and kept five or ten years, it will bring ths 
interest of the money on the investment by the 
advance in the price. 

The Chair, in answer to a question, stated that 
the orders had not had a second reading. 

Mr. smith of Ward 10 raised a question of order 
that the orders could not have then second reading 
except by a suspension ot the rules. 

Mr. Hersey moved to lay the subject over one 
week. 



Mr. Flanders said it was desirable to act up- n ' 
the reoort, as ah expression of the opinion of the 
Council. 

Mr. Sayward said it wouid not be an expression 
of opinion of the Council, but of the committee. 

Mr. Hersey in reference to the former selection 
at E street, said be should have preferred a location 
at F street in preference, and so far as related to 
a lot neir his premises, that lot could not now be. 
had for the puipose. 

Mr. Flynn said the gentleman had spoken of the 
combustible material where he wished the engine 
to be located. In Ward 7 there was a laiger popu- 
lation and more dwelling-houses, and there was 
hut a hose carriage within the ward, while there 
were two engines, a hose and a hook and ladder 
carriage in Ward 12. The citizens of Ward 7 de- 
manded, as a matter of justise, that the engine 
shall be located near where it is proposed to locate 
it. 

Mr. Woods of Ward 12 stated that this matter 
had been in dispute for two years, and he did not 
altogether agree with the gentleman from his 
ward. It was believed that the engine should be 
located in Ward 7, and situated so as to be a pro- 
tection also to YVards 5 and 11. The proposed 
location is very central, while if located ;>t E street 
it would be near Engine 1. No. 15, at the late fire 
spoken of, did not get up steam until alter it 
reached the tire. 

Mr. Smith of Ward 10 said the whole difficulty 
in this matter ha 1 grown out of a mistake in the 
mode of procedure. The order should be read 
once, and laid over, and nothing would he gained 
hy its reference. It was not au order of reference, 
but a specific order, and next week it would be re- 
ferred back. Nothing would bo gained by if. 
When it comes up on its second reading, they 
could decide unon the matter. 

The Chair stated that if the gentlemen from 
Wards 12 and 5 would withdraw their motions, 
the question could be put on giving the orders a 
second reading. 

Mi. Hersey withdrew his motion to postpone, 
but Mr. Flanders declined to withdraw his motion 
of reference to the Committee on Public Buildings. 

Mr. Woods of Ward L2 moved to recommit to 
Committee on Fire Department. 

Mr. Moulton of Ward 9 opposed recommitting, 
for he had heard as much of the sunject as he 
wished to, and there could be no change in the 
report of the committee. 

Mr. BrooKs of Ward 1 said he could not see any 
object in referring the subject again to the com- 
mittee. 

Mr. Woods said his object was to get out of the 
muddle, and that the report may be properly pre- 
sented. 

Mr. Hull of Ward 4 concurred in the remark that 
the subject was in a peculiar muddle, and it had 
been ever since the engine was bought, which was 
against the opinion of the Engineer, and he be- 
lieved also of the Chief. If thev kept ou fighting, 
they would lose the engine. 

Mr. Sayward said he cared little about the mat- 
ter, but he would like to know why the committee 
accepted the proposal named in the order, when 
the offer of the lot of Mr. Gallagher was at a lower 
price''' 

Mr. Moulton replied that if the lot of .Mr. Galla- 
gher had been accepted, it would have been neces- 
sary t ) drive piles, which would have more than 
made up the difference in the price. Besides, the 
committee bad a right to reject any proposals, and 
accepted the proposal of Mr. Keyes at a lower 
rate. 

Mr. Sayward did not see why piles should be 
driven iu the lot of Mr. Gallagher and not in that 
of Air. Keyes, the <ots being not more than one 
hundred feet apart. 

Mr. Woods, in answer to a statement of Mr. Mc- 
Devitt of Ward 7, that the Gallagher lot was too 
narrow, replied that it was wide enough. 

The question was taken on a motion to substi- 
tute a reference to Committee on Fire Department 
instead of the motion to refer to Committee on 
Public Buildings. 

The motion was lost — 17 to 19— when the refer- 
enceto Committee on Public Buildings was carried. 

ORDER PASSED. 

On motion of Mr. Noyes ot Ward 5, 

Ordered, That the Committee on Public Build- 
ings consider the expediency of supplying the 
Francis Street Schoolhouse with Cociutuate water. 

ORDERS READ ONCE. 

On motion of Air. Squires of Ward 8, 

Ordered, That the Joint Standing Committee on 



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the Suffolk Street District be authorized, with the 
approval of His Honor the Mayor, to settle and 
adjust damages for the taking of lands, buildings, 
ana other fixtures in the Suffolk Street District, 
so called, with the former owners thereof, sever- 
ally, upon such terms and conditions as they shall 
deem expedient; and, in making such settlement, 
the Mayor is authorized to reconvey the several 
parcels of land so taken, or any parts thereof, and 
also to convey any proceeds of land or parts there- 
of owned by the city, within the limits of the said 
district. 

Ordered, That there he allowed and paid to 
lames M. Ellis, attorney for Airs. Eliza Marsh, the 
sain of .$3300, for estate No. 91 Castle street, upon 
her giving to the city a deed for said estate or a 
release and liscbarge satisfactoiy to the City 
Solicitor for all damages, costs and expenses in 
consequence of the taking of said estate ; said sum 



to be charged to the appropriation for Suffolk 
Street District. 

Ordered, That there be allowed and paid to 
Uriah A. Boy den, for estate So. 14 I'orter street, 
the sum of $3000, and the city assume the taxes 
on said estate for the year 1871, in consideration 
that said Boy den shall give a deed of said estate 
to the city, or a release and discharge satisfactory 
to the City solicitor for all damages, costs and 
expenses, in consequence of the taking of said es- 
tate; said sum to be charged to the appropriation 
for Suffolk street District. 

Mr. Noyes of Ward 5 moved a reconsideration 
of the rejection of the order appropriating $25,- 
000 for the celebration of the Fourth of July. 

The reconsideration was carried, and the order 
was laid on the table. 

Adjourned. 



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B O A R E> OF ALDERMEN 



CITY OF BOSTON. 

Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen, 
MAY 8, 1871. 



T!>e regular weekly meeting of the Board of 
Aldermen was held this afternoon, at four o'clock, 
Alderman Jenkins, Chairman, presiding. 

JUKOKS DRAWN. 

Nine Petit Jurors were drawn for the United 
States Circuit Court. 

APPOINTMENTS MADK AND CONFIRMED 

Undertakers — Ira W. Orcutt, Hiram Stearns. 

Weigher of Coal — Samuel hosea. 

Special Police Officers (without pay)— James 
Miandon, for Liverpool wharf: Alfred Woods, for 
Church Street M. K. Church: Frank Thomas, for 
the Churcn Street District; D. H. Murray, for 
Goodenough's wharf. 

Police Appointment— Joseph H.Bates as Ser- 
geant of I'cDice, in place of .Martin L. White, re- 
signed. Keferred to Committee on Police, and 
subsequently reported on favorably, and confirm- 
ed. The appointment of Jonathan W. Baker as 
Lieutenant uf Police was also reported ou and con- 
firmed. 

PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. 

Amos White, for leave to erect a wooden stable 
for six horses, on H street, near second street. 

Northern! <& Foster, tor leave to make an addi- 
tion to their stable on Luulley street, to accommo- 
date thirty more horses. 

Ceo. F. Moore, for leave to build a wooden sta- 
ble for two horses, on West Cottage street. 

Michael Meliigan, for leave to enlarge his stable 
on Second street, between Iv and L streets. 

Severally referred to Committee on Health. 

John C. Tucker, for abatement of assessment 
for bettermeut on Battery street. Kefeired to 
Committee on Streets. 

Say waid & Flanders, for a sewer in Third street, 
at corner of H street. Keferred to Committee on 
Sewers. 

A. B. Kostan, agent, for leave to exhibit Bar- 
nuin's Menagerie in various parts of the city. Ke- 
ferred to the Committee on Licenses. 

Ceo. H. Davis and others, for the release of cer- 
tain conditions attached to the passage-way in 
rear of their houses on .Newton street. 

Sarah A. Warren, for modification of conditions 
of sale of estate No. 629 Tremont street. 

Severally referred to the Committee on Public 
Lands. 

J. Bumsread, Jr., and others, that Pine street 
be paved with wood. 

James Currie and others, that Seventh street bo 
put in order from D street to Dorchester avenue, 

1 homas Gogin and others, that Dorchester street 
and Dorchester avenue at their junction be put in 
order, with crosswalks. 

P. P Flint and others, that L,inwood street be 
graded and put in order. 

Richard B. Dyer, for leave to place a step in the 
sidewalk before estate No. 107 Everett street. 

Michael Hourihan, to be paid for grade damages 
on Emerson street, by reason of which surface 
water runs into the cellars of his houses. 

Seveially referred to the committee on paving. 

James T. Eldridge, to be paid for personal injur- 
ies caused by collision with a hook and laddei 
carriage on Shawmut avenue. 

Keferred to the Committee on Claims. 

A notice was received from the County Com- 
missioners of Middlesex county, that in the as- 
sessment of #2000 as the probable expense of the 
maintenance and repairs of Maiden Bridge, the 
sum of $350 had been assessed upon this city as 
its just and equitable share of said expense, pay- 
able on or before 1st July next to the Treasurer 
of the citv of Charlestown. Keferred to the Com- 
mittee on Bridges. 

An invitation was received from Post 26, G. A. 
R„ for the City Government to accompanv the 
Post to Forest Hills Cemetery on the occasion of 
the decoration of soldiers' graves, Tuesdav, May 
30,1871. Accepted. 

The location of the Boston & Albany Kailroad 
Company across Beacon street and Brookline ave- 
nue, mnier authority of cbapter 481 , acts of the I.eg- 
I3lature of 1869, was presented, to |,c tiled. After 



giving a description, it is stated that "part of the 
land above described anil taken by this location, be- 
longs already to said Boston & Albany Kailroad 
Company, and said company claims reservesand re- 
tains, and does not waive oraDandon any rights, ti- 
tle or interests it now has m or to any and ah ofsaid 
land, and tor a further Identification of the land 
hereby taken and of the location reference may be 
had to a plan thereof herewith filed, dated April 
18, 1871, and signed Boston & Albany Kailroad 
Company, by D. Waldo Lincoln. V ice-President, 
s L. Minnt, Engineer, wherein said land is col- 
prod red." 
Ordered to te place- 1 on file. 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH CITY 

SCALES. 

The Superintendent of City Scales in Haymarket 
square reports the amount of fees for weighing 
hay and other merchandise, for the ouarter ending 
May 1, as $781 10— forty per cent, of which, $312 44 
—less expenses, $101 88, ainountingi to §210 50, has 
been paid to the City Treasurer. 

Ordered to lie placed on file. 

HEARING ON ORDER OF NOTICE. 

The order of notice on petition of McNeil Broth- 
ers, for leave to locate a steam-planing and wood- 
moulding mill on Dedham street, between Harri- 
son c venue and Albany street, was takeu up. No 
person appeared, and the report was recommit- 
ted. 

ADDITIONAL LOAN FOR WATER PIPES IN WARDS 
THIRTEEN— SIXTEEN. 

The following communication was laid before 
the Board : 

Boston, May 8, 1871. 
To the Citv Council : 

The rapid increase of dwelling-houses and other 
buildings in the Highland District (Wards 13, 14 
and 15) has caused an unprecedented and unex- 
pected demand upon this Board to furnish water. 

The limited means now at the disposal of the 
Board prevents favorable action on many petitions 
for pipe, which, if lain, would yield the city an 
adequate return for the outlay. 

The expense of water pipes cow laid in Ward 
16, together with work already decided upon, will 
soon exhaust the appropriation of last year. 

Much more work must be done to furnish this 
ward with a reasonable supply of water, and the 
citizens of this section are urging their claims up- 
on the Board with great vigor and persistence. 

We therefore ask that a special appropriation of 
•$300,000 be made for the purpose of laying water 
pipes in Wards 13, 14, 15 and 16. 

Kespectfullv, 

Chas. "H. Allen, 
President of Cochituate Water Board. 

Referred to the Committee on Water. 

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CITY REGISTRAR. 

The annual report of the City Registrar ot the 
births, marriages and deaths in this city for the 
year 1870 was presented, laid on the table/and 500 
copies were ordered to be printed. 

The number of births reported was 8092, an in- 
crease of 687 over the preceding year, and not in- 
cluding Ward 16, the increase was 358. The sexes 
were 4158 males, 3934 females; an excess of males 
of 224. Based on the United States census of last 
year, the ratio of births was one to thirty-one of 
the population. Including the still births, 504, 
the ratio would be as one in twenty-nine. The 
births in the Koxbury wards were as one m twenty- 
six, while in Dorchester they were but as one in 
thirty-seven. 

The variations in the birth rate have been from 
one in 26.3 in 1850, to one in 36.4 in 1865. In the 
nativity of patents there were 2053 in which both 
parents were natives of the United States, 1152 in 
which one parent was native and the other foreign 
born, 2990 of parents native of Ireland, 353 of the 
British Provinces, 376 German. The number of 
children of native-born parents was but 25.84 per 
cent, of the whole number: of foreign born 58.25, 
this class being nearly sixty per cent, the preced- 
ing year. The number in which one or bnth 
parents were foreign born was 73.84 per cent. The 
number of children of parents both born in Ire- 
land was thirty-seven per cent., a decrease of 
more than two per cent, from the preceding year. 

The births in the several quarters of the year, 
were as follows: 1st, 1941; 2d, 1927; 3d, 2090; 4th, 
2129. The percentage of births in the several 
wards, was as follows: Ward 1, 9.22; 2. 11.81; 3, 
6.81; 4,2.52: 5,3.72; 6, 3.61 ; 7, 15.88; 8, 3.49; 9,4.92; 
10,4.01; 11, 1.14: 12,8.84; 13, 4.27; 14,4.62; 15, 7.28 
16, 4.06. Wards 2 and "i show =onie decrease. 



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There was aD increase of 508 in wards 1, 3, J, 7, 9, 
11, 12, 13, U anil 15. The largest increase vas 96 
in Ward 7. Ine births in wards 1, 2, 3, 7, 12 f ad 15, 
which, contain 51.50 per cent trf the population, 
make nearly sixty per cent of the whole di mber! 
In Ward 2, with ten per cent of the popu ation, 
the births were twelve per cent.; Ward 7, with 
11.55 per cent, of population, had 15.88 >f the 
births. 

The ratio of births to population in the t 'veral 
wards vary from one in 22.50 in Ward 7, to ■ ne in 
50 in Ward 4. There were 110 births of colored 
children, the sexes equally divided, the ram being 
as one to 30.13 ol the colored population. There 
was one birth of Indian parentage. There were 
sixty-lour twin births, in twenty-nine cases both 
males, hi teen both leinales, and twenty males and 
females, uf the still births, 287 were males, 207 
females, 10 unknown. In five cases they were twin 
births. The still births were in the proportion of 
one birth to sixteen of those born alive. 

The nu inner of marriages recorded during the 
year was 3492, an iucrease of 114 over the preced- 
ing year, but deducting Dorchester there was a 
decrease of three. The percentage in the several 
months v«iry troui 4.38 in March to 12.20 in Novem- 
ber, rhe number in which both paities were na- 
tive born were 1414, or 40.50 per cent.; foreign 
born, 1437. or 41.15 per cent.; number in which one 
or botn parties were foreign born. 2070, or nearlv 
00 per cent., and of natives 2055, or nearly 50 per 
cent. In the ratio of population the percentage 
of foreign was one to 61.23. and of native, one to 
115. The proportion to the population was larger 
among the nacives of the British Provinces, 
Germany and England, than of li eiand, andabouc 
the same of Ireland and Scotland. 

In the ages of parties, 35 per cent, of the grooms 
were under 25 years of age and 58 per cent, of the 
brides under that age. One groom, a minor, mar- 
ried a woman between 30 and 40 years aid ; and 
three grooms between 40 and 50 married brides un- 
der 20; there was one couple whose ages were over 
70. Eight maies married were but 18 years old, 
and one of the brides was but 14 years; there were 
nine instances in which both parties were minors ; 
and in 522 cases the brides were older than their 
husbands. Of the grooms, 34 married the third 
time and two the fourth; and of the brides eight 
married the third time. There were 84 colored 
couples and eleven cases in which the grooms 
were colored and the brides were white. Of the 
occupations of the males, there were— laborers, 
505; clerks, 323; carpenters, 204; mariners, 180; 
teamsters, 130; merchants, 2u4; machinists. 103; 
painters, 87: shoemakers, 81 ; physicians, 24; law- 
yers, 22; clergymen, 13. 

The number of deaths recorded was 6098—3104 
males, 2994 females ; an increase of 575 over the 
preceding year, or 362 in all the wards but Ward 
16, showing a death-rate of 24.34 to each 1000 of 
population— exceeded only m the years 1860, 1863 
and 1864 — within thirteen years. This was consid- 
erably below that of Baltimore, .New Haven, New 
York and Richmond, but above that of Philadel- 
phia, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington. 
The range of percentage in the several quarters 
was 21.55 in the second, and 32.52 in the third quar- 
ter, only the third exceeding the several quarters 
of the preceding year, and the third, with one ex- 
ception, the cholera year of 1849, showing the 
greatest mortality of the same quarter for twenty- 
two years. 

Of the 6098 deaths, 2923 were born in Boston, 
1125 in other parts of New England, 1305 in Ire- 
laud, 221 in British Provinces; but of perentage, 
in 67 per cent, of those who had foreign fathers, 
there were 69.61 per cent, of deaths, the deaths 
exceeding tie births nearly two per cent. Of those 
who had native fathers, 33 per cent, of all born, 
there was 30.39 per cent, of deaths. The deaths cf 
children under one j ear was 27 per cent.; 1 to 5, 
16 per cent. Of the males, one was 104 years old, 
and ot the females one was reported to be 100. 
Deaths of colored persons 133, larger than the 
Dumber of births, which has been the same for 
many years. The total number of interments in 
the city proper, including bodies brought from 
other places for burial here, was 130 ; South Bos- 
ton, 148; East Boston, 105— total 383. The number 
of disinterments for burial elsewhere was 203. 

The principal causes of death were: accidents, 
220; apoplexy, 93; diseases of bowels, diarrhoea, 
dysentery, etc , 910; brain diseases, 320; bronchi- 
tis, 163; cholera infantum, included in diseases of 
bowels, 524; consumption, 990. The percentage of 
consuuipti' n in the several wards varied from 1.72 
in Ward 4 to 15.15 in Ward 7 ; number in hospitals, 
117. The percentage of males by consumption, 



under one year was 6.7J; of females 10.31; of the 
whole number, 51.52 per cent, were between the 
ages ot 20 and 40; and 22.46 per cent, were labor- 
ers. Croup, 83; typhoid fever, 168; heart disease, 
196; hydrocephalus, 134; marasmus, 200; Bright's 
disease, 82: pneumonia, 336; scarlatina, 205; small- 
pox, 32; unknown, 98. Of the whole number of 
deaths, the ratio was 3.25 in Ward 4, 13.48 in Ward 
7. Deaths m hospitals anil public institutions, 
6!)5. In wards 1, 2 ir.d 7, which oo it tin 31.6 J p v 
cent, of the population, the deaths amounted to 33 
percent. Wards 4,6,8,10, 13. 14, and 16, 31.35 per 
cent, of population, 25 per cent, ol" deaths. 

The Registrar gives tables of comparison, show- 
ing the comuarative mortality of various cities, 
with a large mortality in this city, particularly 
among children. These are followed by remarks 
upon the causes ot such mortality, not alone un- 
healthy residences, want ot nutritious food, ex- 
posure and neglect, but the result to a great ex- 
tent of ignorance of the principles of health. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 

The following orders were read a second time 
and pa?sed: 

Order to repair Beacon street from cross-dam to 
Brookliue avenue, at an estimated expense of 
$20,000. 

Order to repair Pinckney street from Joy street 
to Anderson stieet, at an estimated cost of $4000. 

Keporc and order in favor of the erection of a 
bcil-tower on Hose House G, East Boston, at a cost 
ot $1200. 

Order to appropriate $1000 for rooms and furnit- 
ure foi evening drawing-schools. 

Order for Superintendent of Streets to set edge 
stones and lay sidewalks on Suffolk Stieet Dis 
trict. 

Order for Cochicuate Water Board to lay water 
pipes in Suffolk Street District. 

Order to pay Joseph L. Drew $5865, for shawmut 
avenue damages. 

Oruer to pay Isabella Gill $4000, for Harrison av- 
enue carnages. 

papers from: the common council. 

The petitions ol" George Yabsley and ol James 
Monroe were referred, in concurrence 

The report of the Committee on I'ublic Library, 
recommending a reference to the Trustees of the 
subject of branch libraries at Koxbury and South 
Boston, was accepted, in concurrence. 

The report of the Committee on Fire Depart- 
ment, with orders to purchase a site on Broadway, 
near A street, for Engine House No. 15, at a cost 
of $8000, was referred to the Committee on Public 
Buildings, in coucurience. 

The following orders were severally passed, in 
concurrence: 

Order for the Committee on Water to report on 
the expediency of furnishing water for the Francis 
srrect Sehoolhouse. 

Order to allow Howell Watson $1700 and interest 
from March 1, for estate taken in rear of estates 
umuera I 28 and 30 Emerald street. 

Order to allow the devisees under the will of 
Thomas S. Hunt $4000, for estate taken .No. 44 
Orange street. 

Order for the Superintendent of the Common to 
employ such laborers as maybe required for the 
care of the Common, and at an expense not ex- 
ceeding $12,000 for said laborers; to hire team 
work at not exceeding $J000; to purchase red 
gravel and concrete, at not exceeding $8000; to 
purchase seeds, trees, etc., at not exceeding $6250 ; 
to purchase marure and sods, at notexceediig 
$2500; to purchase tools, repair fountains, etc., at 
not exceeding $1750; to paint the fences around 
Common, etc., at noi exceeding $1600; to water 
the streets around certain portions of the Com- 
mon, etc., at not exceeding $1000; and to raise a 
portion of the fence around the I'ublic Garden, 
at an expense not exceeding $1000. 

Orders for the purchase of land on Dudley street, 
and erection thereon of a police station bousej and 
for a loan of $34,000, to be appropriated therefor. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES. 

Alderman Plumer, from trie Committee on the 
Fire Department on the part of this Board, re- 
ported in favor of the renewal of the license <.i 
Briggs & Shattuck, for the sale of petroleum; 
also a license to Speare, Gregory & Co., \o receive 
and store petroleum on lot near Parker street. 
Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on Pav- 
ing, reported no action necessary on petition of 
Lewis Park to be paid for grade damages on Dor- 
chester avenue, and leave to withdraw on petition 
of Horace Whitney and others, to be compensated 



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for damages caused by change of grade on Ken- 
dall street, and of Benjamin IC. & John If. iVleins 
to ue paid lor grade damages on Dorchester ave- 
nue and Second street, severally accepted. 

Alderman Little, from the Committee on Health, 
reported leave to build stables, as follow*: 

William U. Flovd, to rebuild a stable at Com- 
mercial Point, for twenty hoises; <:. A. Smith, to 
erect a wooden stable lor two horses, on North 
avenue; Chafles II. Leach, to erect a wooden sta- 
ble for two horses, on Buttonwood street, Ward Hi; 
Cressy & Noyes, to build a stable lor five horses, 
on Plyropton street: Fabius Rose, to build a stable 
lor two hoises, in Ward 15. flic committee also 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of I'eck <X- 
Whiitemore to build a stable for <>im» hundred 
horses, on Berkeley street, near Appleton street. 
Severally accepted. 

Alderman white, from the Committee on 
Licenses, reported in favor of licenses as follows: 
W. C. Hazelion, to give a musical and literary en- 
tertainment at JLurline Hall, May 9; James W. 
Wilder, to exhibit Stone & Murray's Circus, at 
East Boston, Koxbury and South Boston; John B. 
Wright, to give a prize drill of the Chauney Hall 
School, at .Music Hall, 20rh May; also licenses to 
K. H. Spaulding, Isaac Ab-ams, Flye & Watson, 
Moses Merritieki. and Michael Booney. as auction- 
eers; and to sundry persons as victuallers and inn- 
holders, transfer of victualler's license, for billiard 
saloons, intelligence office and dealers in second- 
hand articles, wagon licenses and transfer of 
wagon license; also licenses to five newsboys, 
three bootblacks, and one pedler. Severally 
accepted. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the Committee on 
Faneuil Hall, to whom was referred the netition 
of Company K, old sixth Massachusetts Begi- 
ment, that the sum of $28 paid for the use "of 
Faneuil Hall, April 19. be refunded to them, made 
a report that they had examined the subject, and 
inasmuch as it appears that of the sum of $28, 
$16 were paid by the caterer, Mr. Tufts, for chairs, 
$6 for cleaning and washing the hall, and that the 
city received only the sum of $6, in accordance 
with the established rate for the use of said hall, 
therefore the committee report that the petition- 
ers have leave to withdraw. Acceptf d. 

Alderman Jenkins, from the same committee, 
reported in favor ot the use of Faneuil Hall on 
petition, as follows: Charles Ca* - erly, Jr. and oth- 
ers, for use of the hall May 31 ; Ancient and Hon- 
orable Aitillery Comany, first Monday in June; 
National Lancers, June 14. Accepted. 

AldermanWhite, from the Committee on Streets, 
reported leave to withdraw on petition of John A. 
Bates, for a modification of Eliot street better- 
ments. Accepted. 

Alderman Pierce, from the Committee on 
Claims, to whom was referred the petition of Sam- 
uel B. Boss, a member ol the Police Department, 
to be allowed pay during absence from duty on 
account of injuries leceived iu the service of the 
city, made a report that the petitioner was ap- 
pointed a patrolman iul857; that he performed 
faithful and efficient service until February, 1866, 
at which time he received injuries while in the 
discharge of his duty, that have since prevented 
him from performing any labor. 'Ihe Committee 
on Police of the Board ot Aldermen allowed hilf 
pay until the ^Otb of October last, when they came 
to the conclusion that they would not be justified 
in continuing the allowance without au order of 
the City Council. 

After hearing the statements of the Chief of 
Police and others, in regard to the service per- 
formed by officer Boss, and the character of the 
injuries which he received, the committee would 
respectlully recommend the passage of the ac- 
coii panying order: 

Ordered, That, until otherwise ordered, there be 
allowed and paid to Samuel B. Boss, who received 
permanent injuries while in tne discharge of his 
duties as a member of the Police Department, 
the sum of $1 50 per nay, beginning on the 20th of 
Octobei, 1870, and payable hereafter monthly; said 
sum to be charged to the appropriation for the 
Police Department. 

The report was accepted, and the order was read 
once. 

CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF CAMBRIDGE AND 
CHARLESTOWN BRIDGES. 

Alderman Cutter, from the Committee on Ordi- 
nances, who were instnie ted to prepare an ordi- 
nance topiovide for the performance of the duties 
imposed upon the city in relation to the care and 
maintenance of the bridges for public travel be- 



tween Boston and Charlestown and Boston and 
Cambridge, made the following report: 

Bv statute, chap. 302 of the acts of 1870. ltwas 
provided that the West Boston and Cragie's 
bridges, over Charles Kiver, should be maintained 
and kept in repair by the cities of Boston and < un- 
bridle, and that tlie expense thereof should be 
pair! by the two cities in the proportions which 
should be determined b\ three commissioners! to 
be appointed by the supreme Judicial Court; and 
that so much of the fund formerly accumulat- 
ed i'V tolls on said bridges for keeping them in re- 
pair, as remained unexpended for iliat purpose, 
Should tie divided lietween the two cities, in the 
same proportions in which it should 1 e determin- 
ed that they should bear the expense of keeping 
the bridges in repair. It was further provided 
that the care and management of said bridges 
should be vested in a board of commissioners, 
consisting of one person from each city, chosen in 
accordance with such ordiuauces as said cine, 
should respectively establish. 

In pursuance of the provisions of this statute, 
the court appointed "commissioners, who, after 
hearing the uarties, awarded that the expense of 
maintaining said bridges should be borne by, and 
the unexpended pait ol said lund should be divided 
between, the two cities equally; and that award 
has been accepted and conlirmed by the court. 

By chanter 303, of the acts of the same year, 
similar provisions were made in regard to the 
Charles Biver and Warreu bridges, and similar 
duties imposed upon the cities of Boston and 
Charlestown iu relation to them. Pixceedings 
under tlrs statute have been had in all respects, 
and with like results, as in the foinier case. 

It now necomes incunihent upon tne City Coun- 
cil to provide by ordinance for the performance of 
the duties which have thus been imposed upon 
this city, and also to adopt the measures necessary 
for obtaining our moiety ol the unexpended part 
of said funds. 

The amount of the fund payable to the city of 
Boston on account of the West Boston and Cragie's 
bridges is about $65,000. It will be necessary to 
expend a portion of this sum in rebuilding: the 
draws, as required by the statute, and otherwise 
repairing the bridges. The ordinance which the 
committee have prepared provides that the por- 
tion of the fund remaining alter the repairs have 
been made shall be invested in bonds of tne city; 
the income from which shall be credited to these 
two bridges. 

In the case of Charles Kiver and Warren 
bridges, the tunil has been nearly exhausted by 
the expenses incurred for repairs made under the 
direction of the commissioners appointed by the 
Supreme Court. The draw of one bridge nas been 
rebuilt to conform to the requirements of the 
statute; and the duty of rebuilding the draw of 
the other bridge will devolve upon the commis- 
sioners appointed by this city and Charlestown. 
The present fund will probably be insufficient to 
meet the additional expenditures on this account; 
and the committee have not provided in the ordi- 
nance relating to these bridges for an investment 
of any portion of the funds which may he received 
on their account. 

In regard to the compensation of the commis- 
sioners, the committee, after conferring with rep- 
resentatives of the city governments of Charles- 
town and Cambridge, fixed ihe amount at tne 
hundred dollars per annum. It was considered 
advisable to include this provision in the ordi- 
nance, in order to secure uniformity in the nay of 
the members of the two commissions.